Past Event

Is Tech Hurting SF?

Thu, Nov 15 2012 - 6:30pm

Is Tech Hurting SF?

This program is cancelled

David Talbot, Founder, Salon; Author; Journalist, San Francisco magazine
Additional panelists TBA

Some call San Francisco the new Silicon Valley, and we can understand why. Its unique urban landscape, diverse population and progressive culture appeal to entrepreneurs the world over. And though this isn’t 1999 – today’s leading tech companies are too big, too smart and too profitable to fail en masse – critics raise plenty of reasons to worry about San Francisco’s increasing intimacy with the tech scene, starting with what it’s doing to the city’s soul and its residents' wallets. Though it's boosting tax revues and filling San Francisco’s coffee shops and bars, the new tech boom brings some troubling downsides: a housing market pushing out the middle class, local government criticized for bending to an industry’s will, and a public wondering if this is the same city they thought they knew. How will the city weather this identity crisis? Can techies sufficiently give back to San Francisco’s cultural scene? And just how much tech can one city take?

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 6pm check in; 6:30 p.m. program; 7:30 p.m. reception
Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students
Also know: In association with San Francisco magazine