April 23, 2009

Noe In The National News

In 2002, Noe Valley was one of the nation's Best Places to Live.

More recently, local Stephen Fowler updated our national image.

Yesterday? Celebrating the 'grown up' skater crowd born of a generation of kids who took over abandoned swimming pools. Summary: a $500k remodel of a $1M house.

The overall message? In the comments, please.

[NYT: When Skaters Grow Up]


Anonymous said...

You mean "grown up skaters who went to $18,000-per-year private elementary schools".

Anonymous said...

I'm still trying to figure out where they came up with $1.5 million. What do interior designers make these days? I'd love to buy a house in Noe Valley, but I'm a lawyer and can't afford it. I should have gone into interior design.

Anonymous said...

im sorry but this is horsesh*t. Their parents def dropped some coin on the downpayment. Interior Designers don't make diddly. It's called "Room & Board"...no designer needed.

Anonymous said...

I liked the NYtimes article. I don't think it defines Noe Valley, so much as it just shows the younger wealthier side which definitely exists.

I am not sure why this rubs people the wrong way...is it jealousy or fear of losing what once was?

this mentality doesn't move the neighborhood forward.

Anonymous said...

Are they breeders yet?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @4:58:

They seem like great people for sure, but because of the way the article is framed, readers can't help but feel a sense of jealously, or at the very least, confusion. The author seems to be making the case for this couple being representative of their generation. In many ways they are: college, a year abroad, jobs of gradually increasing responsbility, unmarried but living together, renting a small cottage in the mission district, going to del fina, etc. Up to this point in the article, I can entirely relate to this couple on so many different levels. And then, the couple buys a $1,000,000 house and undertakes a $500,000 renovation. Because this doesn't mesh with their professions and career paths, and the author gives no explanation as to how the project was afforded, the reader is left confused, and any feelings of empathy for the couple have vanished. The author's concept that the couple or the project is somehow typical or representative of a generation, becomes a complete joke. Great people, great project, poorly framed article.

Anonymous said...

@2:16 -

Very well put.

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