by Michael Krieger
As Mark Zuckerberg expands, others get pushed out.
The following is a very interesting tale from one of America’s most affluent communities.
Dear City Council Members and Palo Alto Residents,
This letter serves as my official resignation from the Planning and Transportation Commission. My family has decided to move to Santa Cruz. After many years of trying to make it work in Palo Alto, my husband and I cannot see a way to stay in Palo Alto and raise a family here. We rent our current home with another couple for $6200 a month; if we wanted to buy the same home and share it with children and not roommates, it would cost $2.7M and our monthly payment would be $12,177 a month in mortgage, taxes, and insurance. That’s $146,127 per year?—?an entire professional’s income before taxes. This is unaffordable even for an attorney and a software engineer.