222: Cary McClelland | Personal Stories Of Tech, Soul, Housing, And Challenges In “Silicon City”

The Bay area is a region of technology, higher-level education, and much creativity. There is soul and flair and venture capital. A lot is going on in a small and dense space, and this ignites stories of results, challenges, and struggles. Author Cary McClelland interviewed and collected stories from numerous individuals across the region, and presents a message about what Silicon City is.

From his bio, “Cary is a writer, filmmaker, lawyer, and rights advocate whose work has taken him around the world. He met his wife in San Francisco, where they settled down and built their first home. They now live in Brooklyn with their son.” From talking with him, he is an individual with consideration for the people around him, who is able to feel what the conditions can be like. He also has the ability to present what he sees and feels in text and video form, so as to relay a message over.

I enjoyed my talk with Cary, and list the show notes here:

  • what led up to the ability and interest in speaking with and interviewing numerous individuals in the Bay area
  • how much the Bay was headed to by individuals looking to jump on a quick rush without a long-term vision
  • where the soul of the Bay comes from, and how it connects to adversity
  • what leads to Balkanization of segments of the region, and if it is more of a decision by the wealthy or a dynamic process
  • how the merging of the two worlds in each city, with one being better off, can be looked at
  • why individuals have to decide whether to commute or stay in their cars to live and work around the bay
  • and much more articulation provided by Cary

There is a lot to learn from this episode. The region of San Francisco and its local counties has a lot of weight attached to it, in terms of energy, activity, money coming in and being transferred, and creativity. It is important to look at where it is headed, how its people are doing, and what this says about cities elsewhere.

You can check out Cary on Twitter or the book on Amazon.