There are things I like about San Francisco. But there are many things that I don’t.
What many people in the “city” do not understand is that many of us did the city and wanted out. Why would anyone want to live stacked on top of one another, with constant noise, with crime, and pollution?
In the words of the hitchhiker in the movie Easy Rider, “I’m from the city. Far FROM the city. And that’s where I want to be right now.”
So long as one has high speed Internet why would anyone want to live in the city all the time? I’m convinced that the type of ignorance on display below is actually a coping mechanism. I’ve seen it more than a few times and I’ve seen it specifically in San Francisco. People come to the city and decide that they like that there are more dogs than children and like thinking they “escaped” whatever stretch of suburbia they came from.
They can then go back home at Thanksgiving and pose as the urban sophisticate to their sister who has 2 kids and a husband, and to hopelessly boring mom and dad who paid for the 4 years at Vassar, but you know, are bigots. And then everyone has to tolerate your scarfs…And so on.
Her remarks sparked a controversy on social media, with most people laying into the CEO. “Peak liberal othering. I almost can’t believe someone wrote this,” said The New York Times political reporter Nick Confessore. “Listen up poors. I’m not moving to your farm town until you get three apple stores and sign a pledge to not be racist,” one Twitter user wrote, paraphrasing Byerley.