Highly skilled workers lose out too. If you bring in several million dollars in value and you are working for a large company is your pay proportional to the amount of value you bring in? This is a common reason people leave in the tech sector, you have a major breakthrough or a wildly successful project and you get a pat on the back for it while the shareholders take the lion's share. Ever tried to negotiate a raise and find you are getting less than 10% of what you bring in in revenue?
I thought much the same thing. While it is high it is relative to global demand areas for houses (units and apartments are in a different category for a reason). Demand is high in SF and it isn't just because of the tech industry.
Some stats for Australia just to put another perspective into the mix.
Has the author considered that Facebook might not be releasing stats on teens for multiple reasons? It might not be a drop but unreleased information that is causing the numbers to change. That, and people frequently lie about their age on Facebook so you cannot trust someone's profile age to be their actual age or date of birth (nor should you be trying to work out how old someone is from their public profile but that is another matter).
Some go to experience new things where new isn't necessarily good or pleasant. I have traveled to various countries where people live in various states of dereliction and despair and I have lived with them there. I have spent weeks living in slums and living in much the same manner as everyone else there. Being cheap isn't a concern, I have the funds to travel pretty much anywhere. Experiencing something far outside of your regular existence is a humbling and exhilarating feeling. Living in what pretty much everyone would describe as a slum taught me a significant amount about ingenuity, patience, other people's coping strategies, humility and hostility.
I'm going to assume that you are male. I can assure you China is pretty damn dangerous for women who go drinking and rape is also common. There is a lot of sexual harassment in the workplace which is typified by power imbalances (you need a job and your boss is a sleazebag). Just because you haven't personally seen it doesn't mean it isn't there.
It certainly can be dangerous, as can any country, and I consider myself lucky to not have had any problems, but I can't think of another country I have been in that felt safer to me. And more time there only verified that feeling. There is a certainly a strong chance I would feel otherwise if I was a woman.
Have you visited Japan? It has great civility and safety, applied to people of either gender and even to foreigners. At least to white ones like me. Japanese say the old order is breaking down in the cities, so I can only imagine how it once was. Yet it remains the most civil place I have seen.
But aren't there seperate gender subway wagons precisely because there were widespread problems with sexual harassment?
I'd find it intresting to get the view of someone who grew up in asia and is ethnically asian, because their view will proably be markedly different from ours. I mean I'm half chinese, but I have the benefit of being male and being a hunxuee'r which most likely changes how chinese people treat me.
Yes, there are such wagons for the reasons you state - though limited to rush hour (about 90 minutes per day) and one per train of fourteen wagons or so and, in Tokyo, only used on some lines.
It does seem better here, but I am both male and European so not fully equipped to adjudge.