Yes, another article about Palo Alto. It seems nobody can have too much of that place. Thanks very much to Burbed reader PKamp3 for spotting this article in the Fox News Journal.
By DEBORAH GAGE, The Wall Street Journal
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Updated July 11, 2012, 6:17 p.m. ET
PALO ALTO—Kurt Varner moved to Palo Alto from Los Angeles in March to start an Internet company. But instead of renting an apartment, the 25-year-old has been residing in a different kind of abode: his car.
Every 72 hours, Mr. Varner moves his car around Palo Alto to avoid violating the city’s parking rules, and he tries to be as inconspicuous as possible to local residents and other car-dwellers. Mr. Varner sometimes does some rudimentary cooking at a co-working space in Mountain View, where he codes during the day. And he showers at a local 24 Hour Fitness gym. His total cost for the gym and co-working space is $139 a month.
Living in his car is the only way he can afford to be in Silicon Valley right now, says Mr. Varner, whose wife, a teacher, lives in Los Angeles. Mr. Varner, who has been effectively homeless for the past few months, says he can’t afford to pay rent on two places but will move into an apartment in the area this month when his wife moves up.
He says he is excited about working on something he is passionate about, but being homeless is “a little scary.”
So it’s not enough to find out that some people love Palo Alto so much they’ll live at the office. Every single night. Because they don’t live anywhere else. Now we’ve got people living in their cars because it’s completely legal to live in your car in Palo Alto.
No wonder there’s only one mobile home park in Palo Alto. There’s too much lowball competition! How can Buena Vista possibly compete with BMW?
This is also your Weekend Open Thread, so have at it. Did you see anyone living in their cars when you toured Open Houses this weekend? Where are the best places to park?