Liberal utopia: Nearly half of Bay Area residents say they want to leave

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The streets of the Bay Area: Literally a sh*t hole…

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The streets of San Francisco: Littered with homeless/KQED photo

This story largely speaks to the incredible cost of housing in the Bay Area and says that the big problems are “exclusively” the cost of housing.

Don’t forget the other issues: Public defecation, urination & drug use in BART stations as well as urination and defecation on public streets. That has become so bad that infectious disease experts warn that San Francisco is becoming dirtier than slums in India and Brazil.

After the death of American citizen Kate Steinle at the hands of an illegal alien, San Francisco vowed to remain a sanctuary city. And the state has unprecedented protections for those in the U.S. illegally.

The Bay Area also has one of the largest and least sheltered homeless populations in the country hence the streets becoming public toilets.

No doubt the soaring housing prices force some to live on the streets. But if you believe that the Bay Area politicians are going to solve their problems any time soon, then you haven’t been paying attention.

From Mercury News: Despite the Bay Area’s natural beauty and booming job market, nearly half of its residents now want to get out, citing a creeping disillusionment with the high cost of housing.

Forty-six percent of Bay Area residents surveyed said they are likely to move out of the region in the next few years — up from 40 percent last year and 34 percent in 2016, according to a poll released Sunday by business-backed public policy advocacy group the Bay Area Council.

The numbers show a disturbing trend in one of the nation’s most expensive housing markets: Workers desperate for a better quality of life and without housing options will go elsewhere, potentially plunging the region into a financial downturn.

“They couldn’t be more clear what the big problems are — and it is exclusively about the cost of housing,” said John Grubb, chief operating officer for the Bay Area Council. “They don’t see…enough action coming, and so they’re looking at taking matters into their own hands. And unfortunately, what they’re going to take into their hands is the steering wheel of a U-Haul to go somewhere else where there’s a better combination of salary and lower housing costs.”

Bay Area home prices have been climbing for six years, setting another record in April, when the median sale price hit $850,000 — up 13 percent from a year ago, according to real estate data firm CoreLogic. Rents are soaring too, and workers are forced to move farther away to find affordable housing and commute on already crowded Bay Area roads and freeways to get to their jobs.

Meanwhile, recent efforts by policy makers, affordable housing organizations, developers and others apparently have yet to make a dent in residents’ concerns.

The Bay Area Council has thrown its support behind several housing-focused bills that it says will help, including SB 831, which eliminates some fees for building in-law units; SB 1227, intended to increase the supply of affordable student housing; and SB 828, which would force cities to rezone land to allow more homes to be built.

Researchers have been worrying about the Bay Area exodus for some time. A recent report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley found more people left Silicon Valley in both 2016 and 2017 than in any year since 2006. Still, Silicon Valley is gaining more residents than it’s losing — the region welcomed 44,732 newcomers between July 2015 and July 2017, and lost 44,102. But the ominous new data from the Bay Area Council suggests that could change quickly, as the out-migration shows no sign of slowing down.

When asked to pinpoint the most important problem facing the Bay Area, 42 percent of those surveyed said housing — a dramatic jump from 28 percent last year. Meanwhile, 18 percent said traffic and congestion, 14 percent cited poverty and homelessness, and 12 percent said the cost of living.

Those problems spell serious disillusionment for Bay Area residents. Fifty-five percent of residents polled said they feel the Bay Area has “gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track,” compared to 42 percent last year.

“It’s so expensive,” said 38-year-old software engineer Travis Dobbs, who moved his family from Berkeley to Portland last year. “My wife and I both make good money, relatively speaking, and we can’t afford a house there.”

Read the whole story here.

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40 responses to “Liberal utopia: Nearly half of Bay Area residents say they want to leave

  1. It is hard to believe that housing is the major problem. With the sanctuary cities going on, rising taxes and now water rationing and illegals taking over, I think they have a whole lot more problems going on than they choose to admit. So many are leaving that Tucker Carlson stated a few weeks back that to rent a moving truck is several times more expensive that bringing one into the area.

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    • Those homeless crisis has been going on for over a decade. I think the housing/rent affordability became a convenient excuse for the politicians.

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      • It is certainly not THE issue, but it is too expensive to ignore. It has been going on for about fifty years. It is completely insane. Most who work in San Francisco live in the East Bay. Over there it is somewhat cheaper, but the crime rate is high. I think its a total hell hole myself.

        The ones who can afford to live in San Francisco are not average income people. I had a friend there who’s parents bought a townhouse on 19th, across from Golden Gate Park in the 1930’s. He inherited it and never had to work again after selling it. His parents paid about $20K for it. He sold it for millions.

        The article failed to mention that EVERYTHING is expensive, not just rent or mortgages. To live anywhere near someplace a person might want to raise kids its going to cost close to $1M (that’s not even in town). If you work in the city there’s parking, commute costs, high insurance, you name it.

        It has a pretty view. So do a lot of other places. I don’t even understand why a business would want to locate there. California has more taxes and fees and restrictions than any place else. I wouldn’t do it.

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  2. The problem is if, as the news articles claims, the “exclusive” reason why Californians who say they want to leave is housing — and not California’s disastrous single-party government — then the Californians who do manage to leave are Leftists who’ll simply infect the states they move to.

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    • Of course it isn’t the rent. But, the rent IS exorbitant. What they have there are a lot of “oh so trendy urbanites” who like to strut around and wave their man buns at each other. All of them are just TOO “hip” and that’s why they live there.

      Oddly, there are also another crowd of completely degenerate addicts and other riffraff living on the street. No body does anything about anything. They’re all too busy admiring each other. It’s almost as phony as LA, but not quite. San Francisco’s prettier.

      Here’s a poser. If someone had the money to afford to live comfortably there, why would they? I’ll wait. I could name fifty other places that are FAR more beautiful, relaxing, etc.. So, why do they do that?

      I suspect that its like New Yorkers. Many believe that New York is the only place on Earth. They would die rather than move. I’m afraid it makes about the same amount of sense to me.

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      • I was born in SF, and northern Ca. is my home, and I do not want to leave.
        However we will be forced to leave I have no idea where to go. So please tell where are these other beautiful places? Yes many beautiful places but how many that don’t snow, or don’t have an average 110 degree temp in the summer? Oregon is gorgeous, but it is a liberal insane asylum as well. I love being outside and in most of the country you have hide inside either from the cold or the heat at least half the year.

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        • Snow happens everywhere in winter. And 110 temps happen in very desert climates, consistently. The extremes do not happen in many places in the USA. See average temps here: https://www.currentresults.com/Weather/US/average-city-temperatures-in-july.php

          I have lived in OK for over four years now, after living in Washington state almost my whole life. I now enjoy the outdoors more than I ever have.

          And we don’t have to do fireworks under the carport due to rain 😊

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        • I too was born in San Francisco. Where to go? Currently- my (older) husband and I live in an East Bay Suburb – in a quiet street – near open space. We are thinking about keeping our house, (so our daughter can inherit it). She can sell, or do whatever she likes – we are not attached. Another option is to sell out now (pretty darn tempting) .but where to go? We lived in Humboldt County for 10 years – my husband graduated from CSUH there. I wish we had stayed (in Humboldt County) – but we had to move – (in order to find work). My husband is a IT engineer- I am a software tester. We moved (back to the San Francisco Bay Area) for the first tech boom (mid 1990’s). Small town living is tricky – people are there for generations, and those on SSI (disability), fixed incomes – can survive. Small towns can attract drug addicts – and just a few bad apples can make life absolutely miserable for the residents. Sorry, but that is the truth. It’s easier to get “lost” in a big city. We will get by here – we are not rich, but we aren’t into knocking ourselves out (to keep up with this outrageous lifestyle) either. We just aren’t featured on the front page of Diablo Magazine – if we were, it would be a far out story!

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      • Easy. If you want to stay there, by all means, do. Snow doesn’t mean that much to me but it sounds like you don’t think much of it. There is beauty EVERYWHERE. I don’t equate “politics” to location.

        I think if you read what I wrote you’ll see that I actually said that I didn’t like people blaming others for living somewhere. I LOVED California growing up. It changed. It wasn’t what I loved any longer.

        Besides, people make places tolerable or not. I can make myself happy anywhere. I do have favorites though. San Francisco used to be my favorite city. Not anymore.

        Me? I’m just talking. If you want to stay please do. My daughters are still there. I try getting them to leave but they won’t. But, that’s fine. There are wonderful places all over the place. Climate has never been that important to me. I suppose if it were I’d have to weigh that against what I didn’t like.

        So, sorry if I pushed a button. I didn’t intend to. Quite the opposite. I’m speaking for me. I’m much older than you. Believe it or not, like I said, I used to be “proud” to be from California. I’m not ashamed now. I just don’t want to live there anymore.

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        • Oh don’t worry, you did not push any buttons at all. What you picked up I guess is that I am madder than a hornet right now. As I said, this is my home, and I don’t want to move, but they are making it so that I feel I have to move. My husband still has to go to the city for work a few days a week He called me at 1:30 today and told me he was stuck at the entry to the bridge as if it were 5:00 rush hour there was so much traffic. He was fit to be tied. He used to breeze in in a half an hour if he left at 9:30 and got out by 3:00. And those junkies on the street? Yeah he had to step over them too. I mentioned before I have some pretty bad physical stuff that does not take kindly to heat or to cold. The cold sends me into muscles spasms. Who shovels the snow with bad discs in their back etc….. So what one is faced with is stay and be robbed by the State of Ca while being reduced to the level of a serf, having everything monitored, and meted out while living in nightmare traffic, or move and be in physical pain. Sorry, don’t mean to sound woe is me.

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          • There are places you can move to which don’t have extreme cold-heat temps, like Arizona.

            https://www.currentresults.com/Weather/top-10-us-states-with-best-weather.php

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            • Thanks Dr. E. I will check that list out. Frankly if the cold were not a factor, I think I would move to the wilds of Wyoming! I do love the mountains and the snow is amazingly beautiful. I also love the idea of not being close to hordes of people. But alas more practical considerations have to be taken is as well..

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          • Sorry to hear that. I DID pick up on your anger. I suppose I was merely pointing out what I think is the reality of the situation. I mean it when I say I used to be proud of California. But that was a LONG time ago.

            It is never going to be “fixed”. There is no going back. It can only worsen and it will. For my daughters I think its fear that keeps them there. It is hard for me to understand because I’ve lived other places and it doesn’t bother me at all.

            For them the thought of leaving friends and familiar places to go somewhere new scares the hell out of them. So, I try to be sympathetic but it isn’t easy because I don’t have those feelings. What was was great while it lasted, it is now gone and time for something different.

            I can be mad about (and am), but it won’t fix it. Nothing will. I lived and worked in the Bay Area for quite a while. I used to do that commute, sometimes through the Alameda tube. Once you’re there it isn’t too bad. It is like any other city.

            I reached a point at first where I had to get out of cities, period. I ended up in extreme Northern California. We were very happy there. Finally, the taxes, regulations, desire to control every aspect of life got to me. We left and never looked back. We still visit and every time we do confirms our decision to leave as the right one.

            We still have fond memories of growing up there, but “there” isn’t there anymore.

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            • I know you are correct…it will only get worse here and i do not want to live in a slow creeping communistic state that will shorty turn into a gulag. That is shy I am angry though. Liken it if you will to Russians who who fled Russia before and during the revolution. What one of them really wanted to leave their home? I understand your daughters reluctance to leave. I have children and gran kids here that I do not want to leave either. I am a bit of a hermit and live near an open space so I have access to nature and quiet and I stay away from downtown areas because I don’t go out unless I have to. I have health care people here who I trust and help me out in ways that would be hard to find else where. So I am happy in my little sanctuary so to speak, and that is where my anger comes from, I don’t have a desire to leave… I feel like I am being forced to.
              PS. No matter what, I am never angry with anyone here!

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    • Dr Eowyn . . . . You just struck gold when you wrote . . . “the Californians who do manage to leave are Leftists who’ll simply infect the states they move to.” Just look at Oregon, and Washington–the leftist infection started in Southern California, and just keep moving Northward till it hit the Canadian boarder!

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      • Auntie, so are so correct. Decades ago, we moved to a beautiful mountain town in Colorado. It had dirt roads, horses on property in town, western bars, the whole enchilada. We loved it and embraced it. The kids wore Levis and western shirts and boots. The air was clean. The school was fairly small with teachers that cared. The views were breathtaking.
        When things first started going south in Ca. People immigrated to our state as well as the Austin area in Texas. Soon, they were taking over the elections, paving our beautiful dirt roads and riding the town of horses.
        It was contamination to the nth degree. Now, we just visit old friends and hear their despair. Most were born and raised there and are sad to see what is happening. You could drive home late at night and see deer, elk and bear in our yards, not so much now.

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      • And Reno, NV as well — as truckjunkie no doubt can tell us.

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  3. That we see it happening in India and other impoverish countries has now reached the United States of America, in CALIFORNIA, is beyond anyone’s imagination, such disgrace its citizens have to abandon their stay makes anyone cringe. And it is inevitable, The wave in the west will be moving to the other cardinal points of our nation, to the left’s dream reality, as I heard said in twenty years we will be the third world nations first. Nobody can’t stop the world’s decay, and degradation that is sweeping all over, I don’t wish to sound in fear but the forces at be will eventually bring us into submission, no matter the color, the faith, we will become one. God have mercy, don’t abandon your children, for we need You.

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  4. “Meanwhile, recent efforts by policy makers, affordable housing organizations, developers and others apparently have yet to make a dent in residents’ concerns.”

    THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS OR MISTAKES. This is part of the agenda for the “Century of Change” or Agenda 2030, 2040, etc. The real ‘rulers’ want the prime REAL estate for themselves. The population (what is left of it as the century moves along) are to be moved to the interior “human corridors” of North America. We are economic units to these psychopaths, and our economic usefulness is drawing to a close.

    What is left of our normalcy must be maintained and nurtured. There is only one way to stop this. We have the numbers.

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    • That’s precisely right. You see, it isn’t about ability, or resources, it is about greed and the rich’s hatred of sharing. Ronny Ray-Gun used to talk about “trickle down economics’. I used to say “there’s nothing the rich hate more than a leak”. I still think that’s true.

      This is all planned. They never wanted a “middle class”, they want paupers. It galls them that we live so well. They want everyone living in utter poverty. Of course the next caste rung up, cops and minor functionaries, will get a little larger box to hole up in.

      It will be “each according to how well they serve their masters”. This is actually a very old idea. To make it work they must have overwhelming force and strength. Only those gender-confused idiots on the “left” will volunteer for this. They think that by being useful idiots they will get superior treatment.

      I think the way to fix this is by non-compliance. That may not be directly if it makes better sense to do it that way. They are not going to deviate from their plan. They are not creative, just ruthless.

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      • ” I think the way to fix this is by non-compliance”
        I agree, however most people are too cowardly. As long as they have anything to lose, even crumbs, they will bow down and comply. The only way non compliance works is if you have huge numbers that are doing the non complying. Otherwise it is like the Soviet Union where you even try to non comply in thought, and you find yourself betrayed by a sniveling little snitch who is willing to rat you out, maybe even for a few more crumbs ar a pat on the head while they haul you away.

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        • Yeah, they are. But, “individually”, its something you can do. Without spelling out exactly what I propose, I sort of “hint” at it. You want to be like a cat. It is impossible to herd cats.

          You don’t want to be openly defiant or some sort of standout. One should use one’s intellect and be smarter, not pushier. Any attempt to organize will be compromised. Anything that requires more than one person must be very carefully done.

          For what its worth, I understand all this. I don’t like it either. I’m just suggesting a way to make life bearable. It is either that or give up. I don’t give up, ever.

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  5. I was born in the bay area & I am still here. I can say that it is definitely circling the drain. The cost of housing is the main issue for so many, but don’t be fooled, it is so much more than that. I know i will leave within the next few years myself as i do not see it changing and most of my family has already left even though they already owned homes here when they took off. It is the biggest socialist experiment in the US and is the left’s role model/hope for the rest of the US.

    I could go on, but I won’t, you all get it.

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  6. They can thank their great representative in congress, Nancy Pelosi, for their problems. If she devoted more of her time working for the people she represents instead of resisting President Trump at every turn, the Bay Area wouldn’t be such a toilet.

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    • MyBrainHurts . . . . Amen to that! Wouldn’t you just think that the good people of California would see that Pelosi has past her prime, and is fighting the good fight to stave off senility? Perhaps if they would vote in someone with some modicum of common sense, they might be able to clean up the area, which is currently nothing but a “toilet.”

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  7. Build a fence around that socialist state. They made it, live with it.

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    • We can’t even build a wall between Mexico and the U.S., despite the MAJORITY of Americans wanting and having voted for it. 😦

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      • Well, we CAN, but they won’t. The only thing I’d do quicker if I were king would be sending those “sanctuary rebels” to prison and cutting off their funds. A tenth of one year’s tithe to “Israel” would more than pay for this.

        Cut that completely and disassociate from their wars of expansion and we’d be fat. The world would be a better place for it too.

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  8. I lived in Marin county, epicenter of Bay area madness for many years. In the 1960s building restrictions limited the population to a little over 200,000 and one major freeway (comparable area of Long Island has five freeways). Results: soaring real estate prices and perpetual traffic jams.

    also soaring egomania and vanity on part of owners of precious real estate parcels. For example, one of my “outlaws” when told by a gasoline service station cashier to show ID, replied “I live in Kent Woodlands [exclusive Marin area]” and walked out. Was still foaming at mouth hours later at a dinner party. Was banned forever by her bank for telling bank manager someone who lived in Kent Woodlands could not be overdrawn.

    Most of Marin resembles semi-desert suburbs in much of the western US. Its claim to fame is proximity to San Francisco. Now occupied many by trust fund babies and rich foreigners.

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    • Oh yes, I know it well. Marin is who Robin Williams used to refer when he said “those people don’t get crabs, they get lobsters”.

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  9. This is what happens when we elect an individual (or allow an usurper to reside in the White House) hell-bent on fundamentally transforming the U.S. He brought in tens of thousands of jihadi savages and planted them into all 50 states. Their job is to multiply and drain their host’s coffers, and they are succeeding. We are being transformed into a third-world sh*thole.

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  10. “Homelessness” in the San Francisco area is NOT just the plight of the poor, the illegal, or the young first-time workers of the area: our former neighbors in SoCal now live in NoCal. Their son, nearly age 40, in the midst of many “starter jobs” through the Obama years since his honors graduation from UCSD in urban planning…..has had good jobs in the SanFranciso area. His first one, fortunately, came with a home to live in as a part of a local park system/park care. The job he has now in the same area, has no such “perk.” He could not afford to even THINK about renting….so, he bought a large Mercedes van….requested permission to park/sleep in it in the drive of his employment (a converted home that also has a kitchen/bath, etc that he can conservatively use)…..received it….and so, “lives” in his Mercedes van in San Francisco for a $600/month payment.

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    • PS….and so….are we all still wondering WHY our children are NOT reproducing/let alone replacing themselves with the 3 children it takes to keep our population stable, let alone growing? (Which is WHY our swamp-infested politicians trumpet over and over again that we “NEED” illegal aliens for our labor force?????) Fat chance this “kid” who was kept at eternal “entrance jobs” for the decade of the Obama years (as were all our “entrance-level teachers” here in CA…no one taught more than 2 years in a district…so they could not earn tenure…always moving on, starting over and over again at the lowest level salary…most of them into their 30’s or more….)….and who is now living in his van, despite his mid-level college-educated job after a decade of experience….will reproduce and raise his kids in his van…..b/c he is responsible, takes care of himself, pays his taxes…wouldn’t live beyond his means or burden American taxpayers with a family he could not support…meanwhile…the illegals and “historically” welfare families that his taxes support from his never-ending job/jobs since his UCSD graduation …..have collective hundreds of children….or arrive here from South of our border just in time to deliver their myriad children (whom are now considered “American Citizens” due to geography of birth rather than by citizenship of their parents…….). I keep going back to a quote I learned many years ago during my own college days to explain this madness: Plato said, “What is honored in a country will be developed there.” I guess this means in a short proverb: “You will reap what you sow.” If your country rewarded the kid who lives in his van and has always been gainfully employed with an honors education he earned….he wouldn’t be living in his van while working at a mid-level job……He’d be living in a home with a wife, two or three kids, a fireplace and a dog…..and if you did NOT reward the illegals among us or the act of arriving to give birth here so your “anchor child” could be given American citizenship just by geography of birth (and thus, extend legal entry to his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins….ad nauseum) , instead of citizenship of his/her parents…..you wouldn’t have any part of this problem destroying your socieity, your educational system your economy, your healthcare, your social/welfare system, your maternal and child welfare system, your housing problem, your homeless problem, your criminal justice system, your waning defense system (in a land of illegals, who will serve??????)…..your trained/skilled workers/and tech/or college level trained workers???? Your English-speaking workers in almost any quarter of our work-force (I stopped patronizing my local WalMart years ago b/c no one spoke English there….we use Kohl’s instead…where we’ve never ONCE had to wait for help b/c every WalMart employee was focused /called upon to help with the Spanish-speaking shopper instead).

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    • Why does the nearly 40-year-old son insist on living in SF? Can’t he find a job elsewhere?

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  11. I went to San Francisco once, at the end of 1981 and the beginning of 1982. I thought it was a very beautiful city. It was very clean at the time, and the populace there took great pride in their town. I also found San Francisco to be a right-sized city: Not too big (like New York) and not too small (as some have complained about Philadelphia, as an example). At 58 square miles, it is about the same size as Staten Island, only squarer in shape. And I loved that salty feel the air had, given the breezes off the ocean.
    Years later I would learn from radio talk show host Michael Savage about Frisco’s woes. Alas, San Francisco seems to be undergoing its descent into the malestrom, like New York City did in the 1970’s—for some 25 years!
    Ultimately, the people themselves are going to have to wake up and do something about it. And the homeless and mentally ill are going to have to choose to wake up and get on with their lives for the situation to improve. It’s sad to see this happening to a once-great American city. It is not the first time, and it won’t be the last.
    People are going to have to wake up to the institutionalization of mental illness that seems to have gripped the once-great State of California—rather than just move elsewhere, bringing their own decadence with them (unconsciously or not).

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  12. Patrick Cornell

    San Francisco had better not get too comfortable with the homeless pooping in public if they wish not to become ground zero for the next typhus epidemic!

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  13. Here’s another reason why folks might be fleeing: “Commute times have grown across the entire region consistently for the past five years, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Back in 2009, at the height of the Great Recession, the average Bay Area commute was 27.1 minutes. Since then, it’s grown by an average of four minutes region-wide — and by much more than that for those living farther from job centers.

    In nationwide rankings, the San Francisco Bay Area often ranks close behind Los Angeles for the worst traffic congestion.”

    https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/longest-shortest-drives-traffic-san-francisco-sf-12955710.php

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