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A friend posted this article on facebook and asked me what I thought of it.  I decided to add it my blog as well.
Was it ever any fun to live in Silicon Valley? Growing up here (SJ), was it ever a dynamic place to be?I’d absolutely agree with the writer, 100%. Planners, and Urbanists have been foretelling this phenomenon for years: Richard Florida, Katz, Christopher Leinberger, and other Brookings folks in particular. Their basic argument is that livable cities are where the knowledge-based economy will take place. What’s telling is how San Jose is not even mentioned in the article. But Oakland is. There are plenty of articles that have the same doom and gloom about how SF has become all white and gentrified, the ill-effects that will lead to, and that long-time San Francisco residents are flocking to Oakland.  As for comparing San Diego to the Bay Area, I don’t particularly have much insight. From my primitive understanding of cutting edge Bio-research, much of it is being developed alongside Computer Scientists. Given the comparative advantage here, all the startups dealing with Big Data, I’d give the edge to the Bay. There seems to be some talk about Boston leading the way in BioTech, but I feel Boston’s been nipping at the heels for decades. I’m eagerly watching to see what happens in Mission Bay and the new UCSF campus. They’re building like crazy out there, and with all the new office space available, there’ll be much more room for new companies to move in. Planners have begun talking about tearing down the elevated 280 freeways north of 101. If they do, there’ll be so much more room for activities!I’m very bullish on the Bay, and SF/Oakland in particular if you haven’t gathered by now. And as long as policies are being put forward that help humanize cities, I have a hard time seeing this shift (cities over suburbs) changing. From last I saw, office space is actually cheaper in SOMA than PA or MTV, and that will only continue to feed this. On a side note, Ron Conway is a name worth following. He’s an angel investor, and has a special place with SF Citi, a lobbying agency representing the tech community. Twitter moving in to Mid-Market has a lot to do with SF Citi.

Bruce Katz actually writes for The Atlantic Cities. I feel that there should have been some mention of this. Sloppy journalism, and slightly sensationalistic with little substance would be my comment about the article.

 
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