It’s a concentration of more than 50 cloud-computing companies that have set up shop between Market Street and AT&T Park. Today’s Cloud Corridor is roughly located in what used to be called the Multimedia Gulch during the first dot-com era. Names come and go. But with our digital lives moving to the cloud, these techies claim their innovations will determine the future as much as Silicon Valley has transformed our lives already.
Such impact requires a memorable name.
Is Cloud Corridor a marketing ploy? Sure. But so was Silicon Valley. No one called it that until 1971. The media forever branded it the place where cool stuff happens.
Names matter because any city that gets to coin the zeitgeist’s next big tech destination will enjoy economic benefits for decades to come. Based on the venture capital dollars flowing into San Francisco, we’re already being called the “new” Silicon Valley. But we deserve a unique name.
When Tech Companies Rename Downtown San Francisco as #CloudCorridor, It's Cool. When Realtors Rename Area, They Are Slammed! WTH?
When realtors rename a neighborhood, all hell breaks loose! (ie, check out this scathing Bold Italic article about NOBE in Oakland) But when tech companies do it, they get praised to high heaven! What's up with that?! BuzzFeed has more.
I was so flattered when Jeff Elder (San Francisco Chronicle's social media guy) approached me: They wanted to feature my image! SFgate.com started a new Instagram gallery #HowSFseesSF: "An SFGate project letting San Franciscans capture The City their way."
Over 3,000 pics posted & they picked just 30, including mine! OK, guys, this has given me the courage to greenlight a project I'm secretly working on. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, follow me on Instagram.com/hermanity PLZ!
I would hate to think what would happen during an earthquake while you were boinking....Ouch! This 608 sq ft junior 1 bedroom (aka "studio") condo at the Opera Plaza is for sale at$419,000. This is going to make an ideal mid-day love nest for some downtown exec. You know who you are! ...Oh wait, there aren't even curtains to cover up your modesty. An exhibitionist's dream home!
SF Video Flashback: 'Pushed Out For Profit' 1978 Film Depicts Battle Over Escalating Rents...Times Haven't Changed!
Mission Local recaps the documentary:
Imagine rents going up three, four, even seven times in a single year! This was the case for many Mission and San Francisco residents in 1978, the year before the Board of Supervisors approved rent control. Documentary film maker Charles Bolton and the production company Optic Nerve, now Ideas In Motion, caught the angst in “Pushed Out For Profit.” The film aired on KQED on Sept. 6, 1978.
Seems San Francisco has always been the battle ground for the have's and have-not's. Rising rent and real estate prices are as contentious now as they were then. Check out the cameo from Harvey Milk! Hop over to Mission Local to see 6 more quick clips.
My prior post was about people sans kids in San Francisco. But what about the people who DO have kids here? Apparently, a new study reveals that San Francisco is the 4th most expensive city to raise kids in. (San Jose is #1). Well no wonder parents are fleeing the city. If you ain't a trust fund baby some IT guy who cashed out from IPO, how can you afford to maintain your standard of living PLUS raise a baby not in poverty in SF?! You can't! So you move to the East Bay, Peninsula or Marin. I hear this all the time from my clients. That's why I had my tubes tied. LOL!
According to a new Redfin study, 3 of the 5 most expensive cities for new parents are in the Bay Area. Expenses analyzed include housing, utilities (energy costs), childcare, healthcare, and retail items needed for babies. And by Redfin’s calculations, San Jose is the most expensive in the country, followed by Santa Cruz, CA. San Francisco takes 4th place.
Estately lists the best cities for people without kids...and no surprise, SF is tops! If you walk around the city, you won't see kids older than 6 yrs old. They all moved out. This articles says SF is best place for childless people due to SF having highest numbers of restaurants per capita ($ spent on food, instead of piano lessons). But if you ask me, I think it is because:
1. the schools in SF aren't good. For the high tech/affluent denizens who place a high emphasis on education, of course they are gonna move out to the 'burbs for top API scores! Duh!
2. High LBGTQ population, who historically have not had as many kids as hetero counterparts.
3. We are ALL SO WORK-driven! Who has time to pro-create!?
“San Francisco is the best city for childfree living,” says Karen Foster, author of No Way Baby! Exploring, Understanding and Defending the Decision NOT to Have Children. “As the frontrunner in alternative lifestyles, you have to do a lot more than not have kids to be considered odd in San Francisco. I lived there from age nineteen to thirty-two and was never once asked when I was getting married and/or having babies. It’s a place where the childfree may roam free.”
Innerestin' factoid: Buyers paying in cash accounted for 27.6 percent of sales in May, down a bit from April. The monthly average back to 1998 is 13.1 percent. Read more here!