|For much of the last year I’ve been so over San Francisco. It’s the only part of California that is demographically getting whiter. In particular, it feels white bro-ier. A libertarian white bro infestation that looks at the city’s epic homeless problem and shrugs before hopping on an electric scooter and steering it recklessly down a sidewalk, disabled people and pedestrians be d*mned.
I’ve found myself daydreaming of moving to Scandinavia, and saying previously unimaginable things like, “I feel like we need to move to LA so we can be around fewer phony bros…” I’ve even gazed longingly at Oakland. It seems to have the best of San Francisco coffee shops and restaurants without so much ugh. Of course, a lot of people are doing that and that’s starting to make people in Oakland feel like I feel about San Francisco.
I knew, of course, that I wasn’t going to move because my kids are in an amazing school and that’s the kind of thing you don’t mess with. But I told myself and everyone around me that was the only reason.
Lately though, I’ve been going deeper into this thought experiment of moving. I don’t think it’d be negative for the company. And depending on where we would go, my ex-husband might move as well, so custody matters likely wouldn’t be an issue.
But I started to think about all the little things I’d miss. My yoga friends. My group of female CEOs I get together with every month. The other parents at school. The guy who runs the corner store down the street who has been an integral part of my life for more than 10 years and would probably take a bullet for me. My four (or so) favorite lunch places where I know everyone who works there. The boutique where I buy all my outrageously sized rings. Where else will I find a neighborhood with the perfect grocery store, an indoor mini-golf course, a bowling alley, a movie theatre, a large park that’s sunny most the year, and a half–dozen Michelin-starred restaurants all in short walking distance?
Over the 20 years I’ve lived in Silicon Valley, a lot has changed. A lot of it for the worse. But I’ve also cobbled together my comforts through those ups and downs—both mine and the city’s. As I thought about all the things I’d miss, I realized what a great life I’ve made for myself here, despite it all.
Home is where you’ve got a corner store guy.
– Sarah Lacy
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The Good News
A Complete Overhaul
As Sarah has mentioned time and time again, we’re living in an era where we need to completely re-examine all of the technologies that make our lives seemingly easier or better. One of the biggest conglomerates to keep an eye on? Amazon. And 29-year-old lawyer Lina Khan is doing just that: She bucked decades of antitrust consensus to publish an article in the Yale Law Journal last year detailing how the e-commerce giant shouldn’t be given a pass when it comes to federal intervention. Read On…
A Different Mammogram
Mammograms continue to be an incredibly unreliable test for women trying to prevent breast cancer. Roughly 20% of tests result in a false-negative, and more than half of women who get a mammogram every year for 10 years will deal with at least one false-positive. Now, however, researchers are working to create artificial intelligence that can better assess mammograms through machine-learning techniques. The technology is in its infancy, but it could make a huge difference for millions of women and save them the financial, physical, and emotional burdens of going through treatments they don’t need—or not getting treatments when they do. Read On…
DID YOU KNOW: Where’s the best place to retire in the U.S.? According to researchers, it’s time to head to the Midwest and check out Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The Bad News
What People Don’t Get
The Cut has been running an excellent series talking to people with different mental illnesses that are entirely misunderstood by the public and often void of nuance. This week, Katie Heaney interviewed a woman diagnosed with borderline personality disorder about how it’s affected her life up until this point. Read On…
Making More to Support the Job Than On the Job
Instagram-famous teachers are now using their income from social media (often from selling teacher supplies) to make up for the fact that they’re grossly underpaid in this country. In fact, some of the biggest teacher influencers make close to $200,000 online compared to just $40,000-50,000 in the classroom. Read On…
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