This past Thursday was Bike to Work Day here in Silicon Valley, and while biking to work I thought about why I really like living in the Bay Area while other people seem to hate it. See, I pretty much never drive to work: I work from home three days a week and on the days where I actually go to the office, I ride my bike or light rail.
One of the main complaints I hear about the Bay Area is the traffic, and I can’t disagree really. But the simple solution is just to avoid driving. As I said, I bike to work, and I live downtown where I can walk to almost everywhere else I want to go. When I do get in my car it’s usually to go to the beach or Tahoe or the redwoods or something like that, and living near that stuff is the whole point of being in the Bay Area.
The other usual complaint about the Bay Area is that it’s too expensive, and I guess I can’t argue with that. But pay is higher here too, and the advantage of having a 1300-square-foot house is that I don’t have to worry about finding enough stuff to fill my rooms.
Anyway, if you don’t like the Bay Area, please don’t move here (or move away if you’re already here). We have enough people without you haters and your negative attitude….