vraiment wrote:Hi, I moved to the USA, got hired by a big tech company, hurray?
God damned Mexican immigrants!
Always taking our 'MURICAN jobs! Vote Donald Trump! He'll make them pay for the wall!
ThingerDudes wrote:Living in San Francisco is expensive as hell + the locals who've been there for a long time hate the techie transplants and apparently everything is their fault. There just needs to be more housing, but no development anywhere for whatever reason.
That reason is: NIMBY!
You're absolutely right that locals do not like the techies, but the interesting thing now is there are wayyyyyyy more "techies" than locals - the city has seen an incredible transformation. The locals have all started moving to the East Bay, so there are fewer locals to complain about the techies.
And unless you're made of tacos, you'll probably think tech jobs are pretty shitty work (sitting in front of a computer screen for hours on end trying to solve damn near impossible problems) so there aren't enough talented techies to do the work, that means tech companies pay premium wages to attract talent, and the techies use that extra money to support their hipster San Francisco experience where they pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy tiny-sized studio apartments and a ridiculous overpriced food ($9 will buy you a scoop of Bi-Rite ice cream made from organic, locally-sourced ingredients). This influx of hipsters has virtually eliminated the available housing supply and driven housing prices sky high.
Since the city is motivated to increase population (brings in more tax revenue) the housing demand will continue to be strong and so the only solve is to increase housing supply. There are lots of options to do that, but San Francisco laws are set up such that a lot of the zoning regulation exceptions required to build larger condo projects and apartment buildings mandate that the neighborhood residents around the proposed project "approve" the zoning change, either at the city council level, or by referendum vote. And every time a proposition like that has come up for a vote it has been shot down by the voters. So what you have are a bunch of hipsters who say
they want to solve the SF housing problem, but when solutions are proposed the typical response from the hipsters is: "Not In My Back Yard" (NIMBY) - meaning they want a solution to fix the problem but not if it involves constructing buildings near where they live. The reasons current residents give for not wanting high rise buildings in their neighborhood are often thing like, "I won't be able to see the waterfront anymore if you build there" or "The building will cast a shadow on my home for a couple hours of the day" - in other words really bullshit, elitist, selfish reasons that go against the spirit of inclusiveness and tolerance many people think SF was founded on. Hypocrites, all of 'em.
Needless to say, while I miss my friends a lot, there is A LOT about SF I don't miss at all.