A guy just transcribed 30 years of for-rent ads. Here’s what it taught us about housing prices
Michael Andersen

I just left SF after 20 years. I had enough. I now live in Manhattan — where rent is CHEAPER than SF.

One thing you left out about SF’s (in)ability to grow-up into a Prague or Milan or any other semi-functional high-density city:

Lack of a functional (i.e. reliable and meets demand) transit system.

It would take me 45 minutes to DRIVE off-peak to my office in MtView — to take Muni+Caltrain it would take me — best case — 2.25 HOURS.

Without reliable a transit infrastructure SF will NEVER become a functional NYC, London, Paris, Tokyo, et al because it can’t move people around efficiently.

I actually think this is intentional as not only are housing and transit constrained so is water and power — also cheaper in Manhattan.

Unless there is a serious plan to make long-term infrastructure investments, SF will remain the world’s largest small town.

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