Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Confessions of a San Francisco Lefty: The city’s devastating affordability crisis has an unlikely villain—its famed progressive politics.

San Francisco lefty Gabriel Metcalf asks: What's the Matter With San Francisco? and his answer is spot on.

Note: The anti-building environment in San Francisco that Metcalf is writing about is slowly being chipped away at. There are many buildings, both office and residential, that are going up, particularly in what is known as the SOMA area. As more and more Silicon Valley types move into the area, the lefty counter-culture is being diluted. Sometimes, downtown around 5:30, it feels like you are in the middle of Manhattan, with the accompanying high energy. The SV crowd is a contradictory bunch, they hold a lot of lefty social views but, at the same time,they have a can- do creative spirit toward business. They want to earn the money that new technology can bring and they want to spend it. So the building will go on.

Here are some of the cranes of SOMA:

Newly completed office space in this area:


1 comment:

  1. I've come to the conclusion that the main purpose of Progressivism - at least among Liberal whites - is to keep the "vibrants", the immigrants, the underclass, etc, out of their own neighborhoods by pushing them into ours, while at the same time appearing to be championing those groups. It's a brilliant strategy.