RE: [NYTimes] Austin, we have a problem

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From: Adam L. Beberg (
Date: Sun Aug 20 2000 - 13:42:25 PDT

On Sun, 20 Aug 2000, JS Kelly wrote:

> place to live. I'd echo Adam (Rifkin's) sentiments about Austin: DON'T
> MOVE HERE -- only that, for the Bay Area, it's already way too late. And
> the more people like Adam ("I only moved here for the money, I really hate
> this place" Beberg) who move here, the worse it'll get. It's depressing.

Exactly, it's too late. The bay is now a place you _have_ to come to get
money, get started, and then run like hell to somewhere back in the real
world where you can do things like hire people. Noone likes it, not the
natives, not the seekers, not the imported H-1B slave labor.

The problem is geeks have started to spead this hell on earth around,
not being happy to just destroy one place. Even back home in Minneapolis
the housing is starting to show signs of insanity, and certain
neighborhoods have been taken over by the geeks. At the same time,
the companies are flaming out fast there too.

So which will happen first, will the secondary effects of this unreality
bubble in the market destroy every place worth living, or will reality
return, the hype crash, and geeks be forced back into nondestructive

I'd rather be watching from the north woods of Minnesota.

- Adam L. Beberg
  Mithral Communications & Design, Inc.
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