CITY NOTES

February 24, 2018

NIMBYs have yet to successfully reduce the demand for housing in Silicon Valley, especially from tech workers. Maybe they simply need better methods? I have some ideas:

* Tax rental payments to the extent that only homeowners can afford to live there.

* Require new homeowners to have a minimum three-hour commute, since their current two-hour commute isn’t enough of a deterrent.

* Keep marijuana legal but criminalize Adderall.

* Put a speed limit on internet connections. 56K ought to be enough for anybody.

* Public burnings of books from Amazon. Not because of the books’ content, but because it’s Amazon.

* Establish the People’s Socialist Republic of Berkeley and bar entry to tech workers from a specific list of countries that include China, India, and the USA.

* Build a wall and make the flyover states pay for it.

* …and build it during Burning Man so those hipsters can’t get back in either.

* Worse comes to worse, increase housing supply?

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