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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

California Nightmare: 'Urbanologist' Labels S.F. 'Ground Zero For California Narcissism'

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge Are ghost towns the wave of the future for California? They may be, if a certain 'empty suit' wins the Governor's race
  • Are ghost towns the wave of the future for California? They may be, if a certain 'empty suit' wins the Governor's race
Joel Kotkin is SF Weekly's favorite urbanologist -- you can read the short series he helped us with about the transformation of San Francisco into an "adult Disneyland" here and here. But his latest piece in Newsweek was not fun to read in the same way The Pianist was not fun to watch. That's not to say it was bad -- but an article about how California has hit rock bottom and started to dig does not make for light reading.

Some highlights:

  • Kotkin refers to "our buffoonish current governor and a legislature divided between

    hysterical greens, public-employee lackeys, and Neanderthal Republicans" turning our state into a Banana Republic while the middle-class flows outward and a largely Latino underclass takes its place;

  • California's outmigration has grown every year since 2003, and would be growing faster if people weren't imprisoned by unsellable homes;
  • "California, like any gorgeously endowed person, has a natural

    inclination toward self-absorption. ... That's especially true of the Bay

    Area -- ground zero for California narcissism."

  • Narcissistic politics led to calamaties like Props. 13 and 187 and

    continues to fuel misanthropic, self-serving endeavors in environmentalism;

  • Hard-working, industrious immigrants living in places San Franciscans look down upon are the hope for the future -- far more so than "empty suits" like Gavin Newsom or Antonio Villaraigosa.
For the whole scathing thing, click here.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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