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The Worst-Run Big City in the U.S.

3rd December 2012

San Francisco,  of course.

It’s time to face facts: San Francisco is spectacularly mismanaged and arguably the worst-run big city in America. This year’s city budget is an astonishing $6.6 billion — more than twice the budget for the entire state of Idaho — for roughly 800,000 residents. Yet despite that stratospheric amount, San Francisco can’t point to progress on many of the social issues it spends liberally to tackle — and no one is made to answer when the city comes up short.

The city’s ineptitude is no secret. “I have never heard anyone, even among liberals, say, ‘If only [our city] could be run like San Francisco,'” says urbanologist Joel Kotkin. “Even other liberal places wouldn’t put up with the degree of dysfunction they have in San Francisco. In Houston, the exact opposite of San Francisco, I assume you’d get shot.”

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

Personally, I’d have thought D.C. would be the top (or bottom) dog here, but S.F. is certainly a contender.

2 Responses to “The Worst-Run Big City in the U.S.”

  1. Roy Says:

    Detroit? But then again it’s not that big any longer is it? Silicon Valley wealth is what allows San Francisco to exist in its current incarnation. That corporate culture grew from the way that Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard ran their company and built the American electronics industry. Detroit grew from the way Walter Duranty and Henry Ford ran their companies and grew the American automobile industry. One industry was largely blue collar, embraced unionism in its most confrontational form, and eventually wasted wealth in gold and good will that nations past have never dreamed of. The other depended upon skilled employees and educated workers but never allowed labor strife to hamper their growth.

    Hewlett Packard doesn’t build a lot of electronics in the US any longer, but their growth model created the industry that has kept the country in the top tier of the world economies. What will follow if anything for us?

  2. Cathy Sims Says:

    I’m surprised – I would have expected New York or Chicago.