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How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

lt antoinetteI feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is.

Antoinette Bennett
Santa Cruz | Construction Management

 

 

 

 

lt megginI think that it would be a mixed thing, because I would be stoked if my husband could work here and not have to drive [over] the hill. But I would be bummed if Santa Cruz got any more congested than it already is.

Meggin Hendricks
Santa Cruz | Nurse

 

 

 

lt deniseI'm not so sure that Santa Cruz can handle it. If they were willing to include all the artists and healers in that hi-tech boom, I'd really be all for it.

Denise Diani
Santa Cruz | Physical Therapist/Life Coach

 

 

 

 

lt dougI think Santa Cruz should stay just the way it's been forever.

Doug Ellam
San Jose | Computers

 

 

 

 

 

 

lt summerI think it would depend. It could be a good thing because it could mean more jobs, but I can also think of it as a bad thing because it might take away some jobs for others whose jobs are easily replaced by technology.

Summer Wise
Santa Cruz | Sales

Comments (2)Add Comment
Anybody remember dotcom on Pacific Avenue?
written by Jim Jones, April 08, 2014
We already had a tech boom. The dotcom boom took off around '96 and went bust around 2001 or so. The upper-floor offices on Pacific were full up. The sushi bars were jammed. There was not one piece of retail space anywhere that couldn't be rented to intent young men hunched over computers.

It was exciting. The side effects, though, were unaffordable rents for working class folk. And the boom busted and the money went away and the offices emptied; and rent stayed unaffordable.

Less than a tech boom, we need "boom" that puts the vast majority of people to work, not just specialized techies and marketing types. More specialized manufacturing, more specialty food manufacturing, more surfboard -- no, got that covered -- more artisan work in general, and training programs for it.
progress
written by wilkon, April 07, 2014
The small town mentality has to go, think of the many kids who are growing up here with less tech working chances than the kids in bigger more evolved towns.
All we have in this town is very small business one or two big hotels and the rest is hard labor.
People need to stop being afraid of grow this isn't Burning Man this is real life with real bills to pay.

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