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Google Employees told to Get the F Out of Oakland

December 23, 2013

by Chris Castle

In case you haven’t seen it, ever since the era of the Dot Bomb Bubble there’s been a “reverse commute” in Silicon Valley.  This is mostly because of the low rental stock and high property prices in or near the broader Silicon Valley (including Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Mateo) and the comparatively lower prices in the gentrified sections of San Francisco, Oakland and Emeryville.  (Note ironically that Silicon Valley itself is an urbanized version of the largely agrarian economy of the former Santa Clara Valley, which was some of the most fertile farmland in the world.)

There’s also a reverse commute because some folks who work in Big Tech like to live in the city (San Francisco) rather than the burbs (the broader Silicon Valley)

So with the current Google Bubble fully underway, one way that Google attracts employees (aside from free food and vast wealth) is to have private bus service from the city to the Valley and back again exclusively for Google employees (other companies do it too).  So they essentially take over the municipal bus stops without paying for the privilege.

This makes gentrification ever so much easier–you can live anywhere there’s a bus stop and you don’t have to deal with the whole car thing which is a very expensive hassle in San Francisco (restaurant valet parking is routinely in the $20 range if that gives you any idea).

But ask yourself–what about Oakland says the neighbors will take this lying down?  How’d that Occupy thing work out for them?

Unsurprisingly, Google buses got attacked by protesters who handed out this flyer:

Google Flyer

Permissionless innovation, baby.

Have yourselves a very merry Christmas.

  1. Frank
    December 23, 2013 at 18:57

    I find this really funny. its not like they are picking people at random to work at google. these people have studied and worked hard to learn how to code and create websites. Its not are fault that your life sucks! Stop bitching and learn a skill that is going to make you better money. I bet if you where in their shoes you would see it different.


  2. adamsmith2009
    December 23, 2013 at 19:19

    I’m sure i’m not the only one NOT surprised at this. This seems more like the beginning of something that will grow beyond Silicon Valley.


  3. December 24, 2013 at 08:57

    Right, and that’s why Google terminated 46,000 Adsense accounts for selling ads on pirate sites without mentioning one word about where the money went that Google made from selling those ads. That’s called an income transfer.


  4. December 24, 2013 at 08:58

    it’s surprising it took this long. The silence from Occupy darling Lawrence Lessig is deafening. Oh, right, he’s the Google darling, too.


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