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How much is gasoline at the pump where you live? (current week cheapest you have   The Consumer You: Marketplace

Started 4/12/21 by $1,661.87 in cats (ROCKETMAN_S); 7513 views.
SMollick

From: SMollick 

4/30/21

Parking is a problem, for sure. City leaders attempt to discourage driving by all means possible, such as by removing traffic lanes and parking spaces by the thousands. For those of us who live in the outermost neighborhoods, however, driving is pretty much a necessity. However, if I need to go downtown, which is especially awful in terms of driving conditions, I do take the bus--and I hate doing it. 

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From: Showtalk 

4/30/21

No street cars? They look like fun. I also hear the city has cut bus routes during Covid.

SMollick

From: SMollick 

4/30/21

I think streetcars have been discontinued during the pandemic--anyway, they only run on several streets. And yes, bus lines have been cut back, but not the one I take to medical appointments downtown.

The transit authority is in big financial trouble, largely of their own doing: they encouraged restaurant owners to build so-called Shared Spaces for outdoor dining, each of which removed 3-5 or more metered parking spaces; now they claim they'll lose $10 million annually in parking revenue. The director wants to charge residents a monthly fee to park in front of our own residences! They also want to charge Congestion Pricing for driving anywhere near the downtown area.

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From: Showtalk 

4/30/21

They handled Covid well but are not known for fiscal responsibility. I know people who live in the city.  They made a foolish decision regarding tech busses too, overcharging for the use of their city streets.  They ended up driving a lot of taxpayers out during Covid, so they lost all that revenue too.  The libraries are still closed so that income is lost and they don’t charge for overdue books. How do they keep afloat?

SMollick

From: SMollick 

4/30/21

News flash: I drove past the station where gas was $4.10 yesterday--today it is $4.16.

Property tax, sales tax, parking tickets, etc.

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

4/30/21

Taxes are out of control.

I topped off the truck today at $2.65 a gallon.

the reason so many former Californians are fleeing out here is that it's more expensive to live there than people who aren't tech giant billionaires can afford. So it's a huge exodus that seems all the way across the spectrum. High gas prices and other jaw dropping costs of living there are baked into everything.

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From: Showtalk 

May-1

But the weather is nice.  

Showtalk said:

They ended up driving a lot of taxpayers out during Covid, so they lost all that revenue too.

And I have been reading numerous articles that many of those taxpayers, suddenly able to work remotely from places in, say, Nevada and Arizona, and live on 20 acres with a 10k square foot house for less than the rent in a broom closet in San Francisco, are likely to never return.

And some of the more enlightened corporations have figured out that there's no need to keep that "highscraper" in some of the most expensive areas of the nation, or all the taxes, the parking, the traffic, and other commuting nightmares.

Covid just shone a spotlight on long pre-existing problems with big dense coastal cities and forced a huge experiment that was mostly successful for white collar workers.

And they have voted with their feet to escape the onerous hassles of such places. So now they clog our streets.

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