An Open Letter to Millennials Like Talia…
Stefanie Williams

19 years ago, I also took a job in the SF Bay Area that paid $12 an hour plus benefits. I moved here from a less expensive city where I had my own 1BR apartment. Even though $12 went a lot further than it does now, I STILL KNEW I NEEDED TO GET ROOMMATES! I rented rooms in people’s houses. I was 26 at the time. I kept renting rooms until I was 35. THIRTY. FIVE. At that point, I had my debts paid off and rock solid savings, so I upgraded to a studio apartment. I still live in a studio now.

I am VERY sympathetic about the high cost of living in the Bay Area, but much of the problem doesn’t lie with employers. It lies with anti-growth NIMBYs who WILL NOW ALLOW THEIR LOCAL TOWNS AND CITIES TO BUILD NEW HOUSING!

But I really lost sympathy for this gal. Pretty much all the Millennials I work with live with their parents or with roommates even into their late 20s and early 30s. This is just normal life in the Bay Area and this gal needs to accept reality and stop blaming it all on her employer. If she wants to go on a rant, it should be against the NIMBYs who will vote for a minimum wage increase but won’t allow the creation of new housing (the lack of which guarantees the lowest earners will be priced out no matter what).

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