Uh Superfly, the word is subdivisions, not suburbs, and you are taking that song completely out of context
I should be ashamed of myself on the RUSH lyric!
I have been a diehard fan for 17 years and I had to sing the “subdivisions” part of Subdivisions in a RUSH cover band I play with from time to time.
The song was not taken out of context. I have an interview of Geddy Lee on MTV with Martha Quinn on Betamax (1982), where he discusses this very issue.
(Gosh I am dating myself)
The reason that housing is more expensive then it needs to be is that you have rent control and a restriction on upward construction. I have read Superfly write about the pending proposals for high rise condos.
Gavin Newsom’s proposal to Manhattanize San Francisco was soundly defeated 70%.
70% of the voters can’t be wrong. Liberals and Conservative within San Francisco were opposing to this and it lost in every district with San Francisco.
These proposals are on the ballot every election cycle and they are always defeated by 67-72%, which is the breakdown of renters to homeowners within San Francisco.
Without rent control, this entire town would be a rich man’s fairyland.
Whare are those who work at the coffee shops and cleaners going to live?
Rent control works in places like San Francisco and New York. There is no other place to expand. Getting rid of rent control will not make prices drop. It would permit the highest bidder to live here. Gavin Newsom has failed in every attempt to weaken rent control.
In most places, rent control is a bad idea because there would be no incentive to build new housing. Here in San Francisco and New York, the isn’t any place to develop.
Rent control here in San Francisco only applies to buildings build before 1979.
Ironically dozens of older apartments went up in flames on those rare nights when there were no winds blowing here during the dotcom boom.
Of course the fire department never wanted to investigate any of these cases.
You are way off the mark.
Have you seen New York’s Upper East Side of Manhattan? Chelsea?
Have you seen Chicago’s Lincoln Park?
Have you seen San Francisco’s Marina, Laurel Heights, Pacific Heights, Seacliff and Twin Peaks districts?
These are all high density, high value, low crime areas. You can’t find a place in any of these areas for less than 7 figures.
The commute from the upper west side to midtown or downtown on a rushhour can take just as long as any commuter drive in Atlanta, or Denver. Yes, soccer moms do like houses with vaulted ceilings because they look bigger. Yes, people want a larger backyard so they don't have to feel like someone is always breathing down their neck
Don’t put words in my mouth. In fact, have you seen these tiny lots these suburban track home are being build on? My backyard here in congested San Francisco is larger than these track homes growing overnight out in the burbs.
Subways are a sign of civilization.
It’s not just about the time it takes to get from point A to B. There are many other factors. A train carrying 150 people 30 miles pollutes less than 150 individual cars going the same distance.
Also, do you have any idea how much it cost to park downtown in Manhattan?
Rent control destroys the incentives for new investment in urban housing and creates ghettos. Public housing costs the city huge amounts of money and often deteriorates into slums.
Yet San Francisco and New York's real estate is more expensive than any other major city in the US.
I guess rent control hasn't deteriorated our cities in to complete slums.
It’s no secret to anyone here that I love automobiles. I am still a huge proponent of subways for everyday use.
I only put 4,000 miles on my car last year. Cars last longer that way, I pollute less, got a chance to read and got a chance to hook up with some hot babes.
Now don’t get me wrong folks.
I am all in favor of building new homes and expansion. There just needs to be more planning involved. People here had a fit when I mentioned the “vaulted ceilings and fickle minded soccer moms but totally missed the part about paying for public transportation.
Portland, Oregon has an excellent planning system in place. Instead of public transit following development, development followed public transportation. They laid tracks in areas no one lived and developers build along those routes.
When developers decide to build large-scale communities, there needs to be a public transit system in place to accommodate these new residents.
Where do you suggest we expand then? The middle of Yellowstone Park?
Rochester, New York.