Dispatches from the SF Culture war is our new, semi-regular scorecard for the Tech versus San Francisco cage match.
Culture Warrior: Alexandra Liss, North Beach native, co-author of It's a Shareable Life, and Google Glass employee.
Broadside: "The residents and policymakers of SF who support legacy zoning restrictions, block new construction, and eviction of residents may be slowly smothering the city’s soul. [...] We have become our own worst enemy, and we don’t even know it."
Take-Away: San Francisco should embrace its age-old identity as a boom town and lower the costs of housing by eliminating rent control and building more units.
Sample Line: "Will we continue to let San Francisco sell our soul to the highest bidder or will we finally put down the misguided picket signs aimed at the tech companies, and start pointing them to the real culprits? Ourselves."
Mood: Exasperation with what she thinks is San Francisco continuing belief that the laws of economics have been repealed here.
Weakness: If you're going to make an argument based on data, you have to provide a lot more data than she does. Just pointing to census numbers isn't enough to make a causal claim.
Tech Friendliness Rating (1=technophobe; 10= technophile): 10. "Tech companies are as much of San Francisco’s identities as gay rights or Bush man."
Fallout: Progressives on twitter argued that Liss was attacking straw men—well, straw people, we suppose.