There are things I like about San Francisco. But there are many things that I don’t.
What many people in the “city” do not understand is that many of us did the city and wanted out. Why would anyone want to live stacked on top of one another, with constant noise, with crime, and pollution?
In the words of the hitchhiker in the movie Easy Rider, “I’m from the city.
Now before I get into it let me state that I love many big cities. Part of my family is from Manhattan. I continue to enjoy New York. It’s great in many ways. I enjoy the Village, and the art, and the street food, many things. I am also one of the few small government people one is likely to meet who really enjoys San Francisco. As dirty as the place can be it is also beautiful with a great mix of influences from around the world but particularly from across the Pacific.
Cities try to jack drivers at every turn. Chicago is particularly bad.
Wifi connection and you are in business.
I wonder if it has anything to do with high taxes, over regulation, or the highly crony governments in at least a good number of these cities. Add in crime, and traffic, and of course people want to get out of Dodge, or Chicago anyway.
Many of today’s office workers should be telecommuting most of the time. It just makes sense. Why sit in a cube in a building when one can do the same job,
Again, I ask. Why does anyone live in these cities? The governments are corrupt. They are violent. They are crowded. They are dirty. They are running out of money. They are dysfunctional. They are expensive. And yet people stay.
There are highways. You can leave. I don’t have much sympathy if you stick around and let the local government just abuse you.
I was just in San Francisco and prices and rents are INSANE. The city will not allow any new development and as such the hyper-liberal city is home nearly exclusively to the rich.
There are exceptions. There is a huge homeless population. But for those with mailing addresses the cost of living is astronomical. This is common in many “liberal” cities. Why is this?
The Rams are threatening to move back to LA?
I just got used to them in Saint Louis.
I’m sorry but this looks like a pretty cool stadium to me.
As we’ve said before, for many pro sports is a religion. As such the fervor and irrational behavior of adherents to the creed are manipulated by the people who run the show. Just like any religion.
Keep Austin weird.
I would actually argue that this is an antiquated way of looking at things. I would be more interested to know which cities leaned more toward statism and which generally leaned away.
A few years ago.
There’s still hope for Lyft I guess.
Interesting story from our friends over at The Libertarian Republic.
Basically what we are talking about are municipal bonds of another kind and of lower typical quality than most investment grade munis. (Though investors have not demanded that much more in yield historically.) Such bonds are often issued by government agencies in a way that helps municipalities get around restrictions on floating bonds. Kind of junk muni bonds, without the nice payout. Many think this “non-debt debt” is as legit as municipal bonds, but according to the attached article this is far from the case.
As noted previously, it is an economics of unicorns and wishes. But for some reason some people think the taxpayers should continue this fairy tale for them.