Joel Kotkin is SF Weekly
's favorite urbanologist -- you can read the short series he helped us with about the transformation of San Francisco into an "adult Disneyland" here
. But his latest piece
was not fun to read in the same way The Pianist
was not fun to watch. That's not to say it was bad -- but an article about how California has hit rock bottom and started to dig does not make for light reading.
- California's outmigration has grown every year since 2003, and would be growing faster if people weren't imprisoned by unsellable homes;
Narcissistic politics led to calamaties like Props. 13 and 187 and
continues to fuel misanthropic, self-serving endeavors in environmentalism;
- Hard-working, industrious immigrants living in places San Franciscans look down upon are the hope for the future -- far more so than "empty suits" like Gavin Newsom or Antonio Villaraigosa.
For the whole scathing thing, click here
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