Recalling Jane Jacobs, The New Yorker recently had an article on San Francisco, by Nathan Heller, that suggested, not the life and death, but the life and tides of a great American City. Not so long ago, it seems, San Francisco was host to the beat generation, and they weren’t an especially upscale lot. Now, Heller notes, prosperous techies are dominating the San Francisco scene. The city has become an extension of the South Bay Silicon Valley area.
That’s got plusses and some decided minuses. San Francisco is becoming gentrified and residents who don’t qualify to stick around are being bought out or evicted. The city now has the second highest median income in the U.S.