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Mother Teresa might not be the example you want to hold up. She was a late bloomer, but the saint part is controversial and then some.

1 year, 11 months ago on A world safe for 39-year-olds

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@eean Constraints are at both ends but exceptions are made only on the end of development. New single family homes are banned and none go up. When development is allowed, it seems to be allowed without constraints. pls take a look at rincon hill for an example. 

2 years ago on San Francisco can become a world capital. First it needs to get over itself

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@MaxCantor which means he gets to vote as long as deregulation doesn't burn the place down. 

2 years ago on San Francisco can become a world capital. First it needs to get over itself

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@MaxCantor You misunderstand me. I personally dislike the low density here. I want another million or four people in my backyard immediately. I will leave this large town for a serious city when it's reasonable to do so. However, my personal peccadilloes are not germane when talking about the economic environment. 

Letting this place become yet another randomly overbuilt city will kill the right-brained aspect of the internet scene, which is really where it's differentiated. Controlling the growth is terribly slow and short-term inequitable as you imply, however humans have not discovered a best-of-both-worlds mode. 

Farhad is bitching that his Golden Eggs cost too much so he wants to nail the Goose's feet to the floor and force feed it. 

2 years ago on San Francisco can become a world capital. First it needs to get over itself

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@eean I'm not arguing about why people want to live here or why that is. I'm simply stating that 1) making it super easy for the place to grow isn't self-evidently correct, 2) nor is it obvious that the 'strategy' scales.

2 years ago on San Francisco can become a world capital. First it needs to get over itself

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@MaxCantor I'm guess about a huge number of social science variables, of course. However, what we all do here seems to require that this be an industry town, be pretty darn left wing, and for at least some of the non-industry folk avoid the misery imposed on them in New York, London, Tokyo, etc. Read this week's SFBayGuardian cover article just for kicks.

2 years ago on San Francisco can become a world capital. First it needs to get over itself

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Why is being a world capital an appropriate goal? They have their place and their own sort of creativity. Having lived in SF and several world capitals, I don't believe the roots causes of SF's success would survive the transition to a 'real city.'

2 years ago on San Francisco can become a world capital. First it needs to get over itself

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 @dave Yes, though sometimes accessed by parameters other than time. 

2 years, 6 months ago on Why the Smartest People in the Valley Were All Dead Wrong about Widgets

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@davewiner The overpromise was widgets as content distribution. Content widgets turned out to be a half step to read-only APIs. The widgets that have thrived, including Facebook Connect and the comment systems, include identity.

2 years, 6 months ago on Why the Smartest People in the Valley Were All Dead Wrong about Widgets

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