Childish Things: So Many San Franciscans Don't Wanna Grow Up. But Who Can Afford To?

Earlier this year, an extremely clever married couple named Catherine Herdlick and Gabe Smedresman celebrated the latter's 30th birthday by throwing a citywide Logan's Run-themed chase game. What a perfect motif for a night out in San Francisco: A pastime for beautiful young adults in this city of beautiful young adults re-creating a movie about beautiful young adults enjoying a lavish, indulgent — and extremely temporary — existence.

In that film, the beautiful young adults of a dystopian future earth lived it up before aging out in the most extreme manner possible: They were vaporized to make way for more beautiful young adults.

Here in San Francisco, that would violate the city charter.

Read the entire piece at SF Weekly.

Joe Eskenazi is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly.


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Yes and no...

Yes, San Francisco is hideously expensive. And yes, young people come here, enjoy a few post-college years, and then move on when it's time to get married and have children.

I could point to any number of suburban bedroom communities where people spend a portion of their lives having babies and cutting the lawn before they move on.

And there are plenty of gated age-restricted communities in Arizona and Florida where a very select demographic live for a relatively short period of time before they too move on. I have a lady friend of a certain age in Palm Springs who refers to her neighborhood as "God's Waiting Room".

So what's your point? That San Francisco is an artificial aberration? Why not say the same about all the other specialty towns? I don't see why this is something to get bent out of shape about. It's just the normal self-selecting population process we see everywhere.