These are highly educated well paid workers at a San Francisco tech company. They’re mostly young. Some are single. Some are newly coupled. Some are married with young children. There are exceptions, but they tend to want to live in a vibrant urban neighborhood with a short commute rather than a distant suburb. Some enjoy … Continue reading Finally! Great New Affordable Bay Area Housing!
Many years ago I had a teacher who explained that Renaissance Venice had a disproportionate number of homosexuals. He stated, as fact, that rich old men married beautiful young women, fathered a child or two, then promptly died. The children were raised indulgently by women without a proper male role model and the boys became … Continue reading The Gayborhood
Our current national conversation pits suburbia against the urban core. Big box stores against Main Street. Cars against transit. Single family homes against apartments. This is a false choice. The way things play out over time might surprise everyone – including me. So I want to look to the past to get a vague outline of … Continue reading History Doesn’t Necessarily Repeat, But It Rhymes
I was recently at a friend’s wedding on Maui. It was a beautiful ceremony in a magnificent location. The wedding was a week-long affair and the other guests were thrilled to enjoy the beach and sip drinks along the cascade of infinity pools at the resort. But I’m weird. I can’t sit still that … Continue reading Affordable Housing Maui Style
Two nights ago I attended a presentation at Mission Dolores Church sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle called “A Changing Mission”. The discussion was based on a newspaper article and associated short film about the neighborhood. It’s well worth a quick look here. Next week I’ll be in Lancaster, California to attend a similar … Continue reading Two Sides of the Same Coin: Decline and Gentrification
This is my old college room mate Dimitri. At the end of my first year in the dormitories he approached me and asked if we could share a place in September. We didn’t know each other very well. We were vague acquaintances. We said hello to each other in the corridor, but that was … Continue reading The Real Value of Subcultures
I’m a big fan of James Howard Kunstler, author of “The Geography or Nowhere” among many other publications here. But we do occasionally disagree. Specifically, I cringe when Kunstler rolls his eyes and becomes impatient (even belligerent) with what he calls the “Diversity Cheerleaders”. Let’s just say he’s not a big fan of the whole touchy feely Kumbaya … Continue reading “Diversity Cheerleaders”