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  •  I find is strange that so many of these companies (3+ / 0-)
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    cared not for the poor locations of their campuses, it is a big plus to work close to a transit stop here in the city.

    Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

    by kimoconnor on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 11:23:14 AM PDT

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    •  I Agree (5+ / 0-)

      In the case of the company where I work, it is the mindset that they have, where the "suburbs = desireability" for both workplace and living.

      There are a couple of problems with this:

      Our wages are not high enough for us to buy a house near the facilities that they build -- in this case, in so-called Silicon Valley. And there is very little in the way of rental property in that region. So, most folks can't live anywhere near the office.

      The other problem is the cultural divide between people working in the cubes and people working in the offices. They are a bit older, of the automobile generation, and they think that a suburban house near a shopping mall is an achievement.

      The working folks on the other hand, find cars to be an expensive hassle, can't afford a single-family home, and are more geared emotionally and intellectually toward cooperative and community living that is not available in the suburbs.

      I have no idea how to start to change the minds of our top tier of decision makers. They are in heaven out there at that end of a busy expressway, isolated by expensive and ecologically unsound lawns, in their sprawling office park. They love it.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 11:30:15 AM PDT

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    •  Often it's logistically difficult (2+ / 0-)
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      unless there are facilities standing open with a lot of space.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 12:22:03 PM PDT

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      •  companies are building new campuses in the city (5+ / 0-)
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        Twitter is one example, and that's mid-Market.

        But all the older companies are based in the Peninsula. It's only fairly recent (Millenials) that tech was located in the City itself instead of in the peninsula. So part of the problem is inertia.

        •  You gotta be near your capital too (2+ / 0-)
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          The venture capitalists are all down on the peninsula, and there's actually some study IIRC that shows that's been very important for success of the startups, to have access not just to their money but to their advice, mentoring, etc.

          Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

          by elfling on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 02:32:17 PM PDT

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