Michael Sinanian
This blog started out as a chronicle of the shift in tech startup activity from suburban Silicon Valley to urban San Francisco and it was thus called SF is SV. Starting today though, it is reborn as Silicon City!

The rebranding comes at a moment where this blog aims to expand its depth and scope. We live in an interesting time. Mainstream culture is being subsumed by technology culture; it's difficult to tell the two apart anymore. Technology captures the zeitgeist of our time. At the same moment, there's never been more people living in dense urban areas, and that trend will only accelerate.

These two developments are not isolated. The creation of new technologies will without doubt inspire and be inspired by urbanization. As this unfolds around the world, it would be ignorant to focus solely on the San Francisco Bay Area, though the region will continue to be the guiding lights of the movement.

For posterity, here's the old description of this blog:

San Francisco is supplanting the Santa Clara Valley's dominance of the tech industry. This has repercussions for everyone: entrepreneurs, investors, startups, rank-and-file tech workers, real estate professionals, and any other stakeholders. This blog explores that theme.

Silicon Valley, named after the Santa Clara Valley that sculpts the southern half of San Francisco Bay, is the birthplace of the Information Age and home of modern venture capital. For decades, it's been the capital of startup formation and maturation. Till now... when the city perched at the tip of the San Francisco peninsula reemerges to steal the spotlight. Is it just a fad? Is the trend likely to reverse itself? What's it like being in the tech industry in the 'new' Silicon Valley? This blog will tackle these questions and more.
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28 Jan, 20131592 Views
Michael Sinanian

Reporting for the Chronicle, Michael Cabanatuan writes that San Francisco transportation policy director Gillian Gillett has proposed demolishing the I-280 freeway from 16th Street north (to be replaced with an Embarcadero-style boulevard) and shrinking/eliminating the Caltrain yard at Fourth and King (but not the station).

This is of particular interest to our blog since the City proposes to rein in the very constructs that define the suburban fabric of Silicon Valley: freeways and Caltrain. In the context of San Francisco, they are viewed as a hindrance to urban cohesiveness, a wall that separates the thriving but isolated Mission Bay district from the rest of the city.

The proposal is an example of the type of urban planning that is making San Francisco attractive to startups and their young workers. Future-oriented businesses thrive on the intellectual hotbeds that are fostered by more communal, contiguous urban spaces, and its hard to find that down south where the freeways ... (more)
Michael Sinanian
Vote by Yair Livne.
Ken Layne has some very inspiring thoughts on the SF-SV continuum. Declaring that SF is the "Brooklyn to an as-yet-unbuilt Manhattan," he argues that we are yet to see a building boom in the space between SF and SV, an urban blossoming that would take place along SR-82 that would make the region truly resemble its east coast counterparts.

There's a lot of great highlights in this piece relevant to our theme here and I've quoted a lot of the article because it's really that good:

In 2013, the bigger tech companies are still in Silicon Valley, but the people working there—from Mark Zuckerberg to the newest $100K hires straight out of college—want to be in San Francisco. ... This has caused problems, notably for San Francisco residents unlucky enough to survive on less than a hundred-grand starting salary. Talk of raising the city's skyline is met with anger.People argue endlessly over the appropriate comparisons to New York. Is Oakland the Brooklyn to SF? What about Berkeley, or Mar...