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  •  Silly Keef. (1+ / 0-)
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    He thinks Google is not in the transportation biz.

    •  It makes perfectly good sense for all for a firm (0+ / 0-)

      with a bunch of workers in one small area to use a bus to give them a perk instead of a somewhat higher wage.  The firm gets a benefit, the workers get a benefit, the environment is spared from some greenhouse gases otherwise emitted.

  •  I don't think Pete Townsend had the Google bus (3+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, wader, sciguy

    in mind when he wrote "Magic Bus" but who knows, maybe he did? ;D

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 03:13:26 PM PDT

  •  keef, you're a hoot (3+ / 0-)
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    wader, Mannie, El Bloguero

    I'll rec ya everytime I see ya.

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 03:16:25 PM PDT

  •  They can't switch companies (2+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, El Bloguero

    There are no-hire pacts in place.

    Shall we go? Yes, let's go.

    by whenwego on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 03:16:57 PM PDT

  •  OTOH Google Buses are "short buses" /nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 03:18:28 PM PDT

  •  You have a devious mind, Keith. (1+ / 0-)
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    Can we lease out those overpriced flats in the meantime?

    Hey, I'm just asking!

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 03:28:00 PM PDT

  •  What are all those kisses doing in (1+ / 0-)
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    a cartoon about buses?

    Ethical problem: if you had a time machine, would you go back and kill Cheney before he took office?

    by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 03:43:35 PM PDT

  •  Things must have changed... (3+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, wader, jqb

    Since I worked at Google in 2008. The busses have nice interiors, AC and WiFi. Nothing fancier than that. I used to drive my car over to the nearby shopping center to pick up the gBus and spare the air with one less gas guzzler on the road.

  •  Yes, Hate People With Good Jobs (4+ / 0-)
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    wader, meinoregon, Medium Head Boy, jqb

    I hope bad things happen to smart people with good jobs who use private mass transit instead of driving, who live in a city instead of the suburbs.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 03:58:50 PM PDT

    •  Good Jobs (1+ / 0-)
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      To put this in perspective, the median household income in San Francisco is much, much higher than the national median. It's some $75k per year compared to $50k per year.

      To blame displacement in San Francisco, a city of some 850,000 people, on a few thousand technology workers who commute to Silicon Valley is to largely misunderstand the problem.

      What we are seeing now is a large-scale reverse migration of the upper middle-class and affluent -- especially affluent young people -- from the suburbs back into the cities of their grandparents. This goes beyond San Francisco and goes beyond the computer software industry.

      New York City, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta and other regional hubs are seeing the same phenomenon, and it is having the same impact of home prices, neighborhood continuity and integrated, transit and the like.

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

      by bink on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 04:31:59 PM PDT

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      •  Infrastructure (1+ / 0-)
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        SF and NYC each have the same solution to their high cost of housing: more housing. But not more density. And not just for non-poor people.

        The implementation has two parts. One is more mass transit across water. The BART should complete its figure 8 around the entire North and South Bay. Run more rail across the Bay, Richmond and San Mateo bridges. Maybe some other routes too. Especially express lines between the hubs of SF, San Mateo, Oakland. If quake-safe, drill tunnels. Track streetcars between business and residential districts. The same in NYC: Mostly tunnels across the Hudson, East and Harlem rivers, but also subways across the major/two-way cross streets to both NJ and LI. And every bridge and tunnel has a car train for through traffic, one stop across Manhattan. Airport parking lots for intermodal connections to rail and parking cars outside Manhattan. These improvements will spread the density across the 5 boros, and even start to increase some density in the suburbs to make it more uniform. Which puts the demand where there can be more supply. And without requring more cars - indeed, far fewer cars.

        The second part is even more essential. The favoritism towards developers and against poor people in getting housing loans must end. Developers have proven they're bad borrowers, but still get low interest rates and lots of loans. Poor people (who still have income for repayment) still don't get loans. That must be reversed: at the same risk, the lending must favor the person, not the developer. Plus public housing must be converted into proving grounds for independence, not warehouses or halfway houses from prison. Rent should start low, but increase annually towards market value, except for those who get intervention instead. Free vocational schools should be onsite and required for anyone not fully employed (and optional for anyone else in the neighborhood). Mental and physical disability should be the only exemption letting people stay indefinitely, and they should come with caretakers - some trained at the vocational schools.

        I never lived in Boston, Chicago or Atlanta, so I don't have answers for them. But in SF and NYC, where I've lived for years and visit when I don't, those infrastructure rehabs are the answer. Probably cost $20B in SF and $75B in NYC, but the improvements would increase the taxes and economic growth, while reducing demand on jails, cops, property/safety, healthcare, and other public expenses enough that it's either just a small extra cost for a lot more people to live well, or perhaps even a net savings to the public for a lot more public welfare.

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 05:26:30 AM PDT

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  •  A much better solution... (0+ / 0-)

    ...would be to move Google, Facebook, Twitter and all of the other useless Internet companies elsewhere.

    Say, to Detroit. Or Cleveland. How about Rochester, NY? Possibly even East St. Louis.

    As a result, San Francisco would get its authenticity back, allowing normal people to afford to live there once again.

    With any luck, many of these so-called "techies" might get their cocoons shredded and see what the real world looks like in the process.

    And maybe, just maybe, start working on things that actually help society along the way...

    "If you are still playing for Team Republican and want to have any honor whatsoever, you need to leave the Republican Party now, apologize to America, and work to remove it from our political system." - Brad DeLong

    by radabush on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 04:55:42 PM PDT

  •  Well, if you're going to use the voice of Max von (0+ / 0-)

    Sydow to command me to subscribe to your cartoon service then how am I supposed to resist that?

  •  Keef, Keef, Keef....How is it you don't know (0+ / 0-)

    Christ uses HotBot?

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