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Will the last person to leave San Francisco please turn out the lights? The exodus of the middle class from San Francisco is underway. USA Today tells the story of one couple that left more than their hearts in San Francisco.
Social media influencer Sarah Tripp and her husband, Robbie Tripp, moved to San Francisco in 2016 brimming with optimism.
“We thought, here’s a city full of opportunities and connections where you go to work hard and succeed,” says Tripp, 27, founder of the lifestyle blog Sassy Red Lipstick.
But after a year-long hunt for suitable housing in San Francisco only turned up “places for $1 million that looked like rundown shacks and needed a remodel,” the couple packed up and moved to Phoenix.
They went from paying San Francisco rents of $2,500 for a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment that was far from shopping and other amenities, to purchasing a newly constructed 3,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom home where they’ll raise their newly arrived baby boy.
“It was cool to be living near all those high-tech startups,” Tripp says of her Bay Area years. “But you quickly saw that if you weren’t part of that, you’d be pushed out. It’s just sad.”
To be fair to the Tripps, I don’t know how they vote. One of the things I heard from new residents that had retired to Pinal County, AZ, was how reasonable housing prices were, and of course how benign winters were. Some, even though they were snowbirds, changed their residency status from wherever they came from and became Arizona residents due to lower income taxes. In a subtle way, I would remind them to make their escape complete they should vote to keep paradise a paradise, and not turn it into California, New Jersey, New York — insert your own woke city or state if you like.
I remember one escapee from New York telling me how much he loved Arizona, but he was disturbed by seeing someone in a supermarket carrying a sidearm. How to frame a proper reply, other than, “In Arizona, people tend to mind their own business.” This was not the way to comment on his observation, especially to a newcomer. I told him that he won’t see that too often, but Arizona was part of the West, and things are different here. You’ll get used to it.Published in