Here are some possible solutions: (1) build a fuck ton more housing, especially in San Francisco; (2) Build a second BART tube from, I don't know, Dogpatch to Alameda to Fruitvale; (3) Build underground tunnels for cars all over everywhere.
That all sounds very expensive! The second BART tube alone, which everyone basically already agrees has to be built, is gonna cost 12 billion dollars. 12 billion dollars! That's probably more than Larry Ellison spends on yachts every year.
ALLOW ME TO SUGGEST AN ALTERNATIVE. What's the common link between every single one of these problems? TOO MANY PEOPLE. Look at this:
|Graph courtesy of FRED, some kind of economic thing blah blah blah Federal Rsserve Bank blah blah blah|
BUT I DIGRESS. That means in the past 24 years we've added about 130,000 new people and zero new BART tubes and like 3 new apartments. No wonder there's a 2-hour wait for fucking brunch.
What we really need is plain: FEWER PEOPLE.
So here's the plan: We will offer 100,000 people a check for $20,000 if they move out of the Bay Area. That's it, no strings. You pack up your shit and hit the road, you get twenty thousand American dollars. Holy shit! You're already almost halfway there to owning this $45,000 charmer on Cabernet Parkway in Reno. With 20 grand, you could probably buy a whole town in North Dakota or whatever.
It will be called the General Transitional Funding Office, or GTFO.
TOTAL COST: 2 billion dollars. That's it! Less than 20% of what the new BART tube alone will cost.
We can even break it up across the Bay Area a little. Let's clear out, say, 60,000 people from SF, because that's clearly where it's most crowded, and then maybe 20,000 from Alameda County and 10 each from San Mateo and Santa Clara. Marin and Contra Costa, you're on your own. There's plenty of room out there.
Imagine SF with 60,000 fewer people! It'll be just like it was in 2006. We weren't really bitching about rents and that kind of shit in 2006! It was an earthly paradise. Look at these apartment ads from August 2006:
A delightful one-bedroom on Russian Hill for $1500! A large 2 bedroom flat in Laurel Heights for $2750! Yeah, it's still expensive but considering that ZERO BEDROOM apartments are now going for $2700, it seems like a pretty good deal.
Of course there will be enforcement issues. What if someone who's taken advantage of GTFO tries to sneak back in? I don't know, we'll figure it out. Maybe a master list of everyone who got the money and check anyone who tries to rent an apartment or get a mortgage for a place in SF against the list. We can work out the details later. What if a homeless person takes the money and comes right back? Who gives a fuck, we already spend something like $30,000 per year per homeless, so it's a bargain.
Just imagine San Francisco with 60,000 fewer people. Room to stretch out and breathe! One less jackass looking at their phone and blocking the door on Muni! It's only 2 billion dollars. Let's make it happen.