The following options are apparently open to Dr. Schweitzer.
1. West Adams, local neighborhood surrounding USC.
–could walk to work.
–could more easily pop in and pop out for meetings and seminars.
–could invest in a neighborhood that I think has some very nice housing stock and that has suffered for years from disinvestment.
–will undoubtedly grow in value over time.
–going to work more often is not necessarily a good thing
–would be yuppie gentrifier in a neighborhood where that’s not particularly welcome (for good reasons)
–most of these houses are old and in bad shape and need time, money, and attention–and I have little time.
–there are a terrifying number of foreclosures and houses for sale. I have little idea what this community will be like in the next 5 years.
2. Long Beach, cute seaside community
–cute seaside community
–seems to have a very dog-friendly yet urban environment
–quite walkable, but most housing right near transit not terribly desirable
–the only even remotely affordable ocean area left in southern California
–would be more sheltered from work and would be less likely to spend time in my office. I get more research done when I am not in my office than when I am there.
–would be able to take transit to campus, particularly when the Expo line is done.
–housing stock appears to be in much better shape
–cute, seaside community notwithstanding, Long Beach has had some terrible gang problems;
— the commute via transit will be well over an hour in one direction. That’s two hours, morning and night.
–nobody will visit me, undoubtedly. All my LA friends scream when I say that I’m looking at Long Beach. And even though much closer, I suspect that my friends in Orange county won’t cross the Orange Curtain to see me there either.
–I’m terrified of being on the freeway, should transit not be an option for some trips in LA, and it’s often not, and that will restrict much of my activity to Long Beach.
3. Staying where I am at: DTLA
1. Close to campus, easy bus ride or drop off for Andy
2. I already know the community
3. There are some nice condos (though not many)
1. I hate not having a garden. Yah, yah, yah, I know patio/balcony gardens, right? Every New Urbanist’s answer to the garden question. Try finding any balcony space in DTLA for less than a million and get back to me.
2. It’s a PITA to have to take the dogs outside
3. I don’t love it here.
4. I pay way too much rent.
5. My husband is home all day, and I can’t get any work done at home with him here. Right now, working at home is a nightmare; working at my USC office is a nightmare. I need some privacy to write–always have–and writing is a big part of my job.
4. Give up on California and look for jobs in places where I can actually afford to settle down and my dean doesn’t tell me every time he looks at me to become an economist.
1. I love USC, my students, and my colleagues, and I very much like my dean.
2. I hate moving.
3. It’s cold other places.
4. The other places where it isn’t cold, I don’t really want to live in the south. (No yelling at me. I’ve lived in the south and if there is one thing that southerners know how to make obvious: how much they’d rather you not live there, too.)