Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tech Rides Are Focus of Hostility in Bay Area

Sock it to the Man! er, Geeks from Google!
The proletarians are waking up to the fact that techies from the Valley are the new Robber Barons of the Second Gilded Age.

From todays New York Times:
Tech Rides Are Focus of Hostility in Bay Area
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/technology/tech-rides-are-focus-of-hostility-in-bay-area.html

"We've never seen anything remotely like this before," said Gary Kamiya, author of "San Francisco, Cool Gray City of Love." "Techies used to seem endearing geeks, who made money and cute little products but couldn't get the girls. Now they're the lord and masters."
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Tom Hayden, a founding member of the radical group Students for a Democratic Society, says conditions are ripe for another large-scale protest movement. "These days you have a very large, frustrated younger population watching the middle class disappear before their eyes just as they prepare to go into it," he said. "A rising, serious hostility against Google and companies like Google is inevitable, part of a class struggle around the means of producing information."
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Private shuttles provide service for about 18,000 riders a day, the city says, a total that includes some non-tech firms. Valencia Street, which is rapidly shedding its low-income immigrant-Spanish roots to become a wonderland of boutiques selling organic ice cream, $12 "limited edition" chocolate bars and $5 cups of Karinga coffee from Kenya, provides a front-row stage for the conflict.
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Residents say the tension in the neighborhood is palpable. Matteo Bittanti, an art teacher, often sees pedestrians make a vulgar gesture toward the buses. He understands the feeling. "They look like an occupying force," he said, "like big, white, pristine tanks rolling down the street."


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