Not too long ago there have been a ton of articles discussing tech CEOs, employees and corporations leaving San Francisco on account of COVID. Publications starting from actual property websites to tech information to legacy newspapers have mentioned not simply that a number of the tech trade is leaving, but in addition what meaning for The Metropolis and the Bay Space as a complete.
Over the weekend CNBC revealed a bit by David Ingram titled “‘Good riddance’: Tech’s flight from San Francisco is a relief to some advocates,” which detailed how some are rejoicing tech leaving due to the working class displacement and cultural destruction the trade dropped at The Metropolis. And wooo-boy Tech Bro Twitter is cranky about it; their response to the entire thing reeks of the entitlement and bullshit savior advanced that’s so indicative of tech’s mentality.
One tweet that significantly obtained beneath my pores and skin is by a person named Bryan Beal who says that San Franciscans cheering tech’s departure can be akin to Detroiters celebrating the faltering of the auto trade within the Nineteen Sixties. To additional illustrate his level, he follows with a sarcastic tweet that claims:
“‘Doggone techies coming in right here with all their ‘jobs’ and ‘tax income’ and ‘file low unemployment’ and ‘charity’ and ‘offering the funding for the very best paying authorities jobs within the nation!’ Git out!’”
Now I’m truthfully not saying Beal is a foul particular person; I don’t know the dude and these are the one two of his tweets I’ve ever learn. However what I’m saying is that the short-sightedness, hubris and audacity of this tweet is strictly why individuals are cheering for tech to GTFO of city.
By some means the complete tech trade forgets that there was a metropolis right here earlier than they arrived, and we functioned fairly effectively with out them. Earlier than this was “Silicon Metropolis” it was an promoting and finance city, and it nonetheless is. Main monetary establishments like Wells Fargo and Charles Schwab are primarily based right here, as are landmark promoting businesses like Goodby, Silverstein & Companions. San Francisco can be house to 2 of the most important attire firms on the earth, Hole and Levi’s.
And on high of all this, tourism nonetheless dwarfs tech and is the most important trade on the town. Based on SFTravel.com, “In 2018, San Francisco welcomed a record-breaking 25.8 million guests who spent $10 billion in our metropolis.” Granted, tourism is taking a serious hit because of the pandemic, however that gained’t final endlessly.
As for the argument about bringing jobs and file low unemployment…bruh, please. Lots of the those who had been left unemployed from the Nice Recession didn’t get these high-paying tech jobs. They had been displaced by the tech expertise that was imported from everywhere in the world. It’s straightforward to have low unemployment numbers when these with out jobs are pressured to depart.
In an period the place issues get blown out of proportion in a short time on the web, it’s necessary for me to state as soon as once more that this isn’t a private assault on Beal, it’s me taking umbrage with a very silly factor he stated. However extra importantly it’s an indictment of the complete tech trade’s angle as a complete.
It’s tempting say that tech executives and traders are leaving San Francisco like rats fleeing a sinking ship, however that’s not fairly correct. It’s extra like colonizers leaving a rustic as soon as they will’t get what they need out of it anymore. I can’t imagine I’m utilizing the phrase audacity once more, however actually, the audacity of those folks speaking shit whereas scurrying away, after spending a decade making obscene quantities of wealth from a tech growth that brought about San Francisco’s cultural and working-class communities to languish.
Folks like Keith Rabois (Yelp, PayPal, LinkedIn), Drew Houston (Dropbox), Henrique Dubugras (Brex) and others are transferring out of San Francisco whereas complaining about high quality of life points, native authorities, taxes and host of different issues that had been severely impacted by the decade-long feeding frenzy that made them billionaires.
These CEOs and their firms by no means had San Francisco’s well-being in thoughts to start with. And whereas we knew this all alongside, they’re actually exhibiting their complete ass as they flee the dystopia they helped create.
So, I say good riddance. Hopefully future cities the place these locusts plan on touchdown look to San Francisco and see our folly. I really feel like a jilted ex-boyfriend proper now once I say: “In the event you’re listening future cities, don’t give them tax breaks simply to maintain them in your city. They’re gonna find yourself leaving anyway, however not earlier than they destroy a part of what makes you particular first.”
Stuart Schuffman is a journey author, TV host and poet. Comply with him at BrokeAssStuart.com and be a part of his mailing listing at http://bit.ly/BrokeAssList. His column seems each different Thursday. He’s a visitor columnist and his standpoint isn’t essentially that of the Examiner.