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San Francisco can become a world capital. First it needs to get over itself


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I wonder why citizens of SF must love folks like Farhad. No hubris, No concern for environmental impact, No experience or knowledge of urban planning required....

This reminds me of Tokyo and parts of Manhattan:

When San Francisco’s planners recently considered a proposal to build tiny apartments in the city, opponents of the plan began calling the spaces “Twitter apartments.” The name was a reference to their micro size — these apartments will be as small as 220 square feet, about the size of a parking space — but it was also a knock on their presumed techie tenants. The micro apartments will rent for $1,300 to $1,500 a month — crazy in most places, but a steal in San Francisco, where regular person-sized studio apartments now go for an average of more than $2,000 a month. The high price means that they’ll mainly be snapped up by young tech workers.

 What's interesting is how accurate both the price, size, and description -- from both the critics and supporters -- are. 

non-tech resident:"crash pads to sleep and party for $1500/mo" = bad. 

tech resident: "crash pads to sleep and party for $1500/mo" = good.

If you just need a place to sleep, eat, and/or shower ...and you're making a tech salary, this is great. If not, this is bad. 

Clearly there's a growing problem; is anyone (else) actively proposing solutions?

There's Elon Musk's Hyperloop, which lets you live inexpensively several hundred miles away, and then commute.

And Google's self-driving cars. Realistically though, it seems the young(ish) tech folks would still want to live in the city for the community.

It never ceases to surprise me how rich kids who grew up in suburban neighborhoods trade comfort, security, and safety -- and pay lots of money to do so -- to live in ghettos like the Mission.

Most people who are raised in the 'hood want to get *out* of the ghetto; rich young techies want to get into the 'hood. 

I understand this sentiment:

“Many San Franciscans don’t feel as if they’re benefiting from the boom in any way. While 23-year-olds are becoming instant millionaires and the rest of the digital technocracy seek out gourmet restaurants and artisanal bars, a good portion of the city watches from the sidelines, feeling left out and irrelevant. Dot-com decadence is once again creeping into the city of St. Francis, and the tensions between those who own a piece of its future and those who don’t are growing by the day.”

 Class-warfare, ironically seen as a pro-tech cause against "romney" style governance, seems to be what's happening in the tech center of the world.

What's clear is that not everyone in San Francisco is doing great.

 So what's wrong with having a bridge between SRO and 1bd?

Lack of housing is a problem that extends well into the suburbs

I think it's time for the large tech companies here to exert leadership and push for more sensible policies to accommodate the workers they are planning to hire

It probably won't be long before the large tech companies start building housing units.

 Agreed. Where is the community leadership by all these tech entrepreneurs who want to "change the world."

Instead of pushing to change the world, we see leadership like Twitter exacting a $22m credit from the city of SF instead of ponying up payroll taxes.

As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price - NYTimes.com - PandaWhale

As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price - NYTimes.com - PandaWhale

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