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Erin Rapacki, I agree with just about everything you say and congratulations on your success. However, not everyone excels at math, even if they do their homework. And, the Bay Area is not the haven for artists that it once was because artists typically don't have the incomes now needed to live in the Bay Area. People of low to middle income who have owned or rented a LONG time can survive thanks to lower mortgage payments or rent-control, but those who are faced with today's housing prices are finding it difficult at best to stay. I moved in Dec because I simply could not afford it anymore on my income, especially if I was going to retire in 9 years when I'm 65. I think the Bay Area's loss may be the Rust Belt's gain. I moved to Pittsburgh, PA. I know another artist who moved to Cleveland. The cost of housing in Rust Belt cities is 50% - 75%+ less than the Bay Area. Pittsburgh has a decent job market. There are lots of creative people here as a result. It's not the Bay Area, but it ain't bad. I am loving it.
I agree with Annie Sauter, those of us who played a part in making the Bay Area the creative hub it is today can no longer afford it. I was paying $2300 in rent for a 2 bdr, 1 ba townhome with a parking space in SF. The rent was killing me. I bought a big old house with stained glass windows and five fireplaces in Pittsburgh, PA this past Dec for $150,000. Before I moved I asked the complex manager what my place would rent for today: $2900 + $150 for a parking space. I had only been in the place two years and that's how much the rents have gone up, with no end in sight.
Pittsburgh is a pretty city with many distinct neighborhoods, lots of creative people, and a decent economy. There's a fair amount of high tech and it attracts artists and creative people because it is so affordable.
I see nothing wrong with young people redefining the way they contribute to charity. And, many of the changes to the workplace they have instituted are superb. It doesn't change the fact that when an area has lots of people making huge salaries that area will become more and more unaffordable for low to middle income people.
Excellent article. The example of the $3000 a month studio apartment as excessive is not quite right. That's pretty close to the average rent in SF these days. That's why I moved out of SF a few months ago. Couldn't afford to live there anymore on my non-high-tech salary.
Hope lots of people read your article, good job.
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