Friday, February 7, 2020

Adjunct City --- Day 8/305

Walk: SOMA (South of Market)
Distance: 3 Miles


Remember quaint San Francisco? Where little cable cars climbed half way to the stars?  Well, it is still here.




And so is this!  If you go just a couple blocks south of the quaint pictures above, you come to an entirely new San Francisco.  Completely modern, completely young, completely happening and growing by the day.  It is New York(ish) attached to San Francisco, and it has all arrived in a matter of a few years.

Ciwt had been reading about it - like much of the country. And today she went to look and learn.  These towers are the homes or city homes of the giant tech names we all know: Salesforce, Twitter, Airbnb, Instagram, Yelp, Google, Lyft, Uber and others.  But there are also 50+ smaller tech companies here - with more on the way.* The average age in this new metropolis can't be older than 30, most with whopping salaries if not downright riches.  

This is just a report from the field. Ciwt has seen now, but it too much for her - or most people who live in 'old' San Francisco - to comprehend.  And the huge wealth, new population, and displacement that has accompanied this 'adjunct city' has been much more than 'old' San Francisco has been able to accommodate.  

* If you are interested in reading about and seeing pictures of these smaller companies, please read           this: https://www.builtinsf.com/2019/11/19/tech-companies-in-san-francisco


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