Ken Layne : theawl.com – excerpt
… Wired, the magazine that would define the first decade of the Internet Era, didn’t launch in Silicon Valley. It set up shop in San Francisco.
In 2013, the bigger tech companies are still in Silicon Valley, but the people working there… want to be in San Francisco. Zuckerberg is a part-timer, with a fancy apartment in the Mission. The rest are part-timers in Silicon Valley, commuting to and from work on immense luxury buses run by Google, Apple, EA, Yahoo and the rest. This has caused problems, notably for San Francisco residents unlucky enough to survive on less than a hundred-grand starting salary. Talk of raising the city’s skyline is met with anger. People argue endlessly over the appropriate comparisons to New York. Is Oakland the Brooklyn to SF? What about Berkeley, or Marin, or the Outer Sunset? And what does that make Bayview or Burlingame?
All of this assumes that urban San Francisco equals Manhattan. It does not. San Francisco, with its leafy parks and charming row houses and distinct villages and locavore restaurants and commuters fleeing every morning to work, is the Brooklyn to an as-yet-unbuilt Manhattan… (more)
This is the first reasonable approach to a solution for slowing development in San Francisco that I am aware of and bears some consideration for those of us who would like to preserve our city. Preserve San Francisco by building the new Manhattan above sea level on the peninsula where the jobs are. Build the new arenas and entertainment centers down there. Experiment with your transit first theories on a yet to be developed area with no natives and creative artists seeking a more relaxed, freer lifestyle.