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  •  that has been an issue since both parents (1+ / 0-)
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    had to work, and is an issue anywhere you live I suppose.

    And I agree that people don 't stay in one place etc. But if the workforce for these tech companies is primarily young, single and well paid staff who likes living here, why did they locate in places that are impossible to commute from the city?

    Is it all about taxes, higher profits? Is it that the execs want to live there vs. the city? I'd like to understand why they located there in the first place to better understand this issue better.

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

    by kimoconnor on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 12:28:08 PM PDT

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    •  B/c when they located there they were much smaller (1+ / 0-)
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      and it was a non-issue. And then everyone had to locate close to everyone else.

    •  I think part of the issue was that getting space (4+ / 0-)

      in SF proper has always been challenging and expensive. You can't really make yourself a big complex in the city.

      Stanford et al has really been the center of innovation, and the venture capitalists down on Page Mill road. People located to be near the VCs to get started, located near where they went to school or already lived. That is how Silicon Valley got started and became such a center. SF is just kind of conveniently nearby, not really the source of any of it.

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

      by elfling on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 02:08:09 PM PDT

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    •  Techies commuting from SF to SV is relatively new (0+ / 0-)

      Don't forget SV has made itself over from silicon chips to software, and it's the software people who are more likely to want to live in a "real" city rather than a suburb.  But look at the kinds of companies that want to locate in SF and you'll see they're more social media, video, graphics.  The software and device companies are staying in Silicon Valley because that's where you have to be to play.

      And not everyone working for these firms is a twentysomething City resident.  And not all the twentysomethings live in SF, either.

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