Since the 1980s, cities around the country have been contracting serious cases of Silicon Valley envy. Everyone, it seemed, was looking for the magic formula to create their own high-tech incubators with educated, upwardly mobile work forces that would drive their cities to modernize and grow.
“You always heard about cities vying to become the second Silicon Valley and I thought, ‘What a joke,'” said Glenn Kelman, the chief executive of Redfin, the real estate firm. “Well, now that is happening. The future happened first in San Francisco, but it is happening everywhere.”
From Seattle to Portland, and from Denver to Austin, new tech hubs are prospering. Many of them are filling up with emigres from the Bay Area who simply couldn’t afford to work in tech there any longer.
But it’s not just the workers themselves who are spreading their wings. The lifestyle trends pioneered by a new generation of