I know, it's been a while! I missed all you guys a lot, but I was busy flying all over the US and having Thanksgiving and whatnot. Nothing bad happened on any of the flights (except for one jackass slamming his seat into full recline 12 seconds after takeoff and essentially eliminating half of my usable space [Incidentally, we should just agree, as a society, that we can no longer recline our seats. The airlines have fucked us on that one by making the seats way too close together. I'm sorry, but that's just the way it is. If you recline your seat into the lap of the person behind you, you are now a total asshole. Them's the breaks.]), to which I credit the tender mercies of Frontier Airlines, my longtime favorite airline.
Also, every Frontier flight just about goes through Denver, and Denver has one of the last airports with multiple bars you can smoke in without leaving the airport. I quit smoking a while back but that was nice to have when I needed it.
WAIT I'VE GOTTEN COMPLETELY OFF TRACK. WHAT WERE WE SUPPOSED TO TALK ABOUT.
Oh, right, rents in SF! Crazy! Not long ago I happened onto this post on Curbed about what you can rent for $2000-$2500 a month and was SHOCKED to see the STUDIO across the hall from where I used to live on Frederick is going for $2,250!!! HOLY FUCK. That is a STUDIO. Now, it's a big studio - I should know, I've been in it - and it has a nice big separate kitchen and all, but come the fuck on.
I had the 1-bedroom across the hall from 1992 to 1996. We paid $895. According to my handy inflation calculator, that's $1432 in today's dollars. That's for the ONE-BEDROOM, not the studio. Since the ad is still up, I guess that means that it still hasn't been rented. I hope they never rent it at that price.
Similarly, as I've mentioned in the past, when I first moved to SF in 1990, I lived at 350 Union, in a furnished studio that cost $685. Same studio today is $1939. Inflation calculator says it should be $1212. That's still a lot, but it's not $1939.
I'm not going to launch into another one of those what-happened-and-what-does-it-all-mean articles like this one, except to make one small observation: when rents are this ridiculously high, it greatly restricts the kind of people who can move to SF, and that's a bummer. I certainly doubt I could have afforded that studio in 1990 for $1095 (i.e., 1939 in 1990 dollars), so I would have been effectively kept out. I'm not saying that I've been some kind of magical addition to SF or anything, but I'm lightweight worried that cool people who don't make six figures are being kept out and who knows what we're missing out on.
That said, I have no idea what the answer is. I get the objections to the micro-apartments that have been approved, but doesn't it seem like a reasonable compromise? If I was 23, I'd live in one, for sure.