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Costly self-abnegation
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez

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Posted By:Hazymac, 3/8/2018 10:42:13 AM

One of the ironies of the 21st century is that many people are too poor to be Woke. Some would if they could afford it. With nearly 85% of voters registered Democratic, San Francisco is arguably one of the bluest cities in America. But only a few people can afford to live there. "The California Association of Realtors (CAR) released its most recent Housing Affordability Index this week and estimated that only 12 percent of San Francisco households could afford a median-priced single family home in the city at the end of 2017, the worst rating in the state." San Francisco


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Reply 1 - Posted by: galbaccr, 3/8/2018 11:05:07 AM     (No. 11565755)

A $2,200/mo room sounds pretty funny to me - funny that anyone would even consider it. In the mid fifties, for a time while paying my own way thru college on a dollar an hour job, I paid $4/week for room as described - bed, bedside table and a couple dresser drawers and bath down the hall. After a year, I upgraded to a $5/week room that was nicer, but no other amenities. That would translate to $200-$300/month now with inflation. This was in Pittsburgh. BTW, though I have no idea what the unemployment rate was then, I never had trouble finding a job for the summer & worked in a drugstore during the school year. The longest I went without a job was about 2 weeks, by choice, when my brother & I decided to drive up to Lake Erie for a cheap, sleep in the car, vacation. ;-) The idea of having to pay ten times the inflation adjusted rate now sounds ridiculous. Why don´t they move to Texas, take a cut in pay and keep the change (left over income from grossly less expense).

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dvc, 3/8/2018 11:52:36 AM     (No. 11565793)

The insane costs for a space to live in Cali are driven directly by their extreme eco-freako land use policies which prevent and massively increase the cost of building new homes. Thomas Sowell has written about this destructive phenomenon.

The biggest problem I see with this situation mentioned in the story is the great number of people moving out of SanFran - and no doubt spreading their literally insane views like the Black Death across the country.
Having destroyed their own living area with their foolish, unworkable, antihuman communist views, they seek a place which doesn´t have all the problems which are caused by what they vote for.
Stay the hell home, enjoy the fruits of your social and political views. Don´t bring your insanity here.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 3/8/2018 12:47:59 PM     (No. 11565851)

Good grief! San Francisco is not California. It has been an “other” place. For most Californians it was a place to visit or to attend a business meeting.

There is the Real World and there is San Francisco. Paradoxically, that is part of its allure for those poor souls living in pricey rooming houses.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 3/8/2018 2:08:13 PM     (No. 11565941)

in the mid 80´s we rented an apt on Corbett St, in Twin Peaks. Rent was $650/mo and it was high for the time. But we had a view from one bridge to the other, Safeway and a good Chinese restaurant down the hill. That was when SF was fun.

I´m really happy we had the opportunity to live in the city when we did. We didn´t have to share the place, had our own bathroom and parking under the building. Middle class luxury by today´s standards!!

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