Core Issue: Housing

Along with a booming economy and demand for high-value tech employees have come massive increases in the cost of housing. According to Zillow, the median rent price in San Francisco is $4,195, which is higher than the San Francisco Metro median of $3,000. Rental prices have risen almost 15% in a single year, while salaries have only jumped 2% in the same time period. In short, people at all economic levels are being squeezed. While tech companies hire like crazy and pressure local municipalities for permission to build office space, they are not fighting at the local level for increased housing.

Core Issue: Transportation

Along with the influx of new residents come new pressures on public transportation and congested freeways. The San Francisco Bay Area’s physical geography (a peninsula), and a lack of historical attention to mixed-use urban planning have constrained affordable and desirable housing near centers of industry. The result is long commutes for many workers. We’ll explore how people get to work: how long does it take and how do people travel? We’ll also take a historical look at the urban planning decisions made by Silicon Valley cities. Finally, we’ll look at the private busses tech titans employ to get their employees to work. Is this a band-aid or an effective permanent solution?

Core Issue: Service Economy

While tech company head counts explode, service economy outfits like restaurants, bars supermarkets, pharmacies, dry cleaners, and coffeeshops and support services like landscaping, janitorial and housekeeping staff come online to meet the daily needs of high income employees. While these businesses offer many new jobs, they don’t pay very well. We’ll explore the lives of these low-wage workers. Where are the people who have these jobs living and how are they faring?


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