"Allure of City Itself a Factor in S.F.’s Tech Boom"

San Francisco Chronicle | April 15, 2012

Here’s one way San Francisco’s current tech boom differs from the dot-com era: This one is creating many more jobs.

The city will have 28 percent more technology positions by the end of this year than it had at its 2000 peak, according to a new analysis of state employment data by real estate consultant Jones Lang LaSalle. Technology is San Francisco’s fastest-growing sector, and now occupies more office space in the city than any other industry.

The city will have 44,305 tech jobs by the end of the year, up from 36,921 last year and 34,442 in 2000, according to the analysis. The estimates are based on data from the California Employment Development Department, Moody’s Economy.com and Jones Lang LaSalle.


"The Disconnect: Why are so many Americans living by themselves?"

The New Yorker | April 6, 2012

As reliably as autumn brings Orion to the night sky, spring each year sends a curious constellation to the multiplex: a minor cluster of romantic comedies and the couples who traipse through them, searching for love. These tend not to be people who have normal problems. She is poised, wildly succesSFul in an ulcer-making job, lonely. He is sensitive, creative, equipped with a mysteriously vast apartment, unattached. For all these resources, nothing can allay their solitude. He tries to cook. She collects old LPs. He seeks love in the arms of chatty narcissists. She pulls all-nighters in her office. Eventually, her best friend, who may also be her divorced mother, tells her that something needs to change: she’s squandering her golden years; she’ll end up forlorn and alone. Across town, his stout buddy, who is married to someone named Debbee, rhapsodizes about the pleasures of cohabitation. None of this is helpful.


"Autos Losing Allure for Young Adults, Study Shows"

San Francisco Chronicle | April 6, 2012

Car culture and the romance of the open road are losing their allure among young Americans, according to a report released Thursday by a public interest group.

Teens and young adults drive substantially fewer miles per year than their predecessors did, and many don’t even bother to get a driver’s license. They increasingly rely on their feet, their bikes or mass transit, according to the “Transportation and the New Generation” report.