As a non-tech worker who was raised in the Bay Area, this reminds me of something that drove me away from my home state — tech benefits tech, and screws everyone else. That’s pretty much what this situation showed everyone who was already annoyed by the changes here, I suspect (and have heard, because, you know, I talk to people who aren’t in tech as well as those who are). I love my laptop, I love my phone, but I also remember being happy before these things existed.
Uber & Lyft pulling out so fast, abandoning workers and people who relied on them, just goes to show that if you’re not in tech, tech will push you around or push you out.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Internet, I love the new ways I can make money and communicate with people. I was able to travel for a year thanks to AirBnB. Quality of life enhancements are, indeed, great. However, not when tech decides to be a dick about it. I mean, why be a selfish dick when you can do business just fine AND make people’s lives better?
That’s the problem I see, tech can set us free, for sure, but when it starts acting like an oligarchical overlord, people get bummed out.
We’re not all wired to think tech genius is only making our lives better, guys. Especially when we are forced to join, leave, panhandle, or die.
People need other things, too. Not just apps. Like food, education, art, housing…
It’s the arrogance and hubris that create the tension. And, yeah, the Austin government seems equally as untrustworthy at this point. Ya’ll need to learn to get along.
As someone who is looking to help my parents invest in property around here, hands-down, this strong-arm ridiculousness on both sides helped us decide to stay out of the city’s jurisdiction. Too much drama, not enough cooperation, and definitely, zero trust for how conflict gets managed.