So why don’t they just invest appropriately in really really good mass transit?
Imagine short waits, fast travel, variable size on demand transport vehicles with public access trucks and special use vehicles. then connect the cities with hyper loops and you can take a 30 min commuter transit from LA to Silicon Valley or on to San Francisco. Free up road traffic lanes with suspended elevated bicycle highways for internal sustainability quick wins at lowest infrastructure cost. Instead of private vehicles inside city limits, what if you drove your vehicle onto a city owned car carrier that used electric power from the street to take you to your destination on a map quickly, efficiently, and with no risk of traffic accident or even mileage on your vehicle that travels with you just like before. How about if we used sky cars and suspended forms of mass transit for san francisco hills? The cost of all this works out to less than for each individual owning a vehicle and it makes regional housing price fluctuations much less extreme and easily managed with mass transit master planning of city zoning and commercial vs housing needs. We need to start thinking of all transportation within a city limits as part of our city infrastructure in an integrated planning simulation.
the problem with what I suggest is that it’s not here 10 years ago when we needed it and it doesn’t look like it will get her in the next few years either. It’s all technically possible to create what I’ve described within 10 years of research, pilot programs and massive investment in R&D and infrastructure which would be great for our economy. Our leaders should propose a vision for the future of San Francisco and silicon valley that includes real solutions to these problems as upgradeable possible solutions on their planning map. But basically the government should be able to simulate where everyone is going to and from in a city sized area and the government should be able to use that data to help with city planning and calculate just how much time exactly will adding a new business add to exactly who’s commute and give other detailed planning data. It’s a hard problem, but it’s not quite as hard as rocket science or global weather simulation, so tech needs to step up with a software simulation model for city planning and transportation use by municipalities and state governments.
So more “future tech will save us someday soon I hope” talk is all I have. The good news is that the problem we need future tech to solve is staring strait at the creators of future tech tech and the innovators are focused on the problem, so there’s reason to hope. If capitalism can save itself from itself then silicon valley housing crisis is a good test of government and business working together intelligently.
I think it’s fair to call the silicon valley housing crisis a referendum test of capitalism and business innovation to meet the needs of society and a good opportunity to improve how society functions could be the result of silicon valley being really motivated to solve this problem.