The Reluctant Suburbanite, Or Why San Francisco Doesn’t Always Work

6 thoughts on “The Reluctant Suburbanite, Or Why San Francisco Doesn’t Always Work”

  1. My husband and I are on the cusp of moving to the bay area from Minneapolis so I can take a job with one of the larger tech employers. We do lament the change in lifestyle (urban to suburban, easy access to arts, interesting restaurants, good transportation options, etc.). On the other side of the coin, tech jobs, particularly innovative “systems” tech jobs, are challenging to find in Minneapolis but not in the bay area. I’d rather not give up the lifestyle, but many people, myself included, spend a lot of time working. Thus, job satisfaction plays into all of this.

    1. Johnny’s friends’ dilemma is just an exaggerated version of what working stiffs face all over, particularly those in specialized geo-dependent professional jobs. Folks aren’t piling into the huge metros due to a love of big city living, rather the jobs they want aren’t available in the hinterlands. I personally preferred living in smaller cities, but job-wise that usually wasn’t an option. And jobs aren’t as fungible as some apparently suppose.

  2. Who knows, economic growth may be someone else. People think housing costs go up all the time. New York City is interesting some boroughs like Queens are not as expensive as some others. A lot of the culture to do like pre-fab housing which might start a trend pre-fab would be cheaper. In fact I argued with conservatives over Anaheim where a Chinese developer is going to built condo high rises. There thinking is only the rich in Anaheim lived in the HIlls but a redevelopment could make Downtown Anaheim more trendy. Lower the Hispanic population and bring in Whites without kids or others without kids or rich Chinese which they think will never live there

  3. This is very illuminating, and illustrates a basic truth about the Bay Area – namely that municipalities in Santa Clara and San Mateo County have criminally avoided their obligations. If they’d paid any attention whatsoever to building cities that matched their job growth over the past 30 years, then her choice wouldn’t be so stark. That said, her and her peers’ discomfort is the only way the situation will change for future generations.

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