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Hardy Green, author of “The Company Town: The Industrial Edens along with Satanic Mills that will Shaped the American Economy,” said that will the tech companies had been reviving elements of the company town within the United States for years right now.
The free meals, nap pods, concierge services, yoga classes, on-site laundry along with haircuts are a perk however also a modern way of slowing down the mill clock so the workers can spend more time working. however in a society where government is actually increasingly ineffective, company towns are nevertheless likely to be welcomed, or at least tolerated.
“the idea may be the best option for many, just as a benevolent dictatorship can be O.K. for as long as the benevolence lasts,” Mr. Green said.
No Free Wi-Fi
Only seven years ago, Silicon Valley had a very different attitude about building housing for workers, much less the community. A gaunt Steve Jobs, in what might turn out to be his last public appearance, made his case before the Cupertino City Council for a fresh Apple headquarters.
Mr. Jobs told council members how great the fresh doughnut-shaped headquarters was going to be. the idea might have a lot of trees, a theater, curved windows. Architecture students might come by all over to study the idea.
City Council member Kris Wang had a question: How could the 60,000 Cupertino residents benefit by that will fresh campus?
“We’d like to continue to stay here along with pay taxes,” Mr. Jobs said. “If we can’t, we’d have to go somewhere like Mountain View.”
Ms. Wang, a former Cupertino mayor, persisted. “Do we get free Wi-Fi or something like that will?”
“I’m a simpleton,” Mr. Jobs replied. “I always had that will view that will we pay taxes along with the city should do those things. that will’s why we pay taxes. If we can get out of paying taxes I’d be glad to put up a Wi-Fi network.”
Since that will June 2011 meeting, the number of hours commuters in Silicon Valley lose every day to congestion has doubled to 66,000. About 300,000 fresh jobs have been created, pushing the median apartment rental rate up 37 percent along with the median cost of a home to $968,000.
Meanwhile, the big companies — not only Apple however Amazon, which has an increasingly large presence in Silicon Valley, as well as Facebook along with Google — are much wealthier.
Apple built an office for 14,000 workers along with said how they got to work along with where they might live was someone else’s problem. that will is actually no longer acceptable by a public relations point of view, along with might not be smart for the companies in any case. If Silicon Valley continues choking on its traffic, the companies will find hiring not merely difficult however impossible. Even for a tech programmer, a $2 million house is actually a hurdle.
So the virtual companies are being forced to grapple with the most intractable physical issues.
“I don’t think Google, for instance, thought they were going to have to get into the transportation business,” said Allison Arieff, editorial director of San Francisco Bay Area Planning along with Urban Research Association, a research organization. “however they right now have a giant swath of the company devoted to getting people around. Housing seems the next step. No one bats an eye if universities build housing for students, grad students along with tenured professors.”
‘Money in Every Problem’
When the tech companies played a much smaller role in Silicon Valley 25 years ago, even the working class could afford to live here. So could Stanford University students. Traffic flowed naturally.
However enticing that will past might seem, efforts to put the brakes on growth have had limited success.
Measure M, a 2014 effort to restrict development in Menlo Park’s downtown, was soundly defeated by voters. Patti Fry, a former chairwoman of the Menlo Park City Planning Commission along with an architect of the measure, said she is actually wary of Facebook’s increasing size along with power.
“They’re doing more than most companies, however most of what they do serves them,” she said. “I do not expect a company to have as a priority providing community services that will a real community needs. They’re in business to be in business.”
Drew Combs is actually a former journalist who became a member of the Menlo Park Planning Commission along with then ran for City Council in 2014. He was loosely associated with Measure M along with when the idea failed, so did his bid. He is actually right now chairman of the planning commission, which reviews the use permits required for large projects.
“I don’t think in a lot of cases that will is actually a not bad-versus-evil battle,” Mr. Combs said. “that will is actually a negotiation between different stakeholders.”
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