Has anyone noticed that NOWHERE in America is affordable anymore? When did this start?
Before someone jumps in with their fedora on and goes "well actually" without understanding, this is what is I mean.....
When I was growing up the expensive places in America and even Europe where very localized meaning people would say "Park Avenue/Beverly Hills/Bel Air/Knightsbridge are expensive places to live in".
Then around 10 years ago it became large principalities like specific sections of LA or NYC were known to be expensive.
Then around right before Covid whole cities became expensive like people started saying "Los Angeles is expensive, Manhattan is expensive, London is expensive" only this time it started including cities that weren't dumps and were sorta popular but you wouldn't consider living there to be a grind like people weren't just saying LA or Manhattan or London, they were saying Seattle, Nashville, Austin, Brooklyn, Essex are expensive places to live in. I don't care how many comedians move to Austin, studio apartments for $2500 in Austin is crazy.
Now even Portland Oregon is an expensive city to live in. Like cities that used to be the armpits of America are now squeezing crazy rents and home prices out of their citizens just because.
Its like they (idk who) slowly brought in this idea that anywhere that's even passably livable should have sky high rents because the big cities are even higher.
Some of my friends who are junior bankers, who in prior years had their 100k a year afford them luxurious lifestyles, are now moving to the Bronx with roommates in tow due to their rents being insane but its only a matter of time before they have to move even further away because they're going to up their rents even more because bankers are moving in.
I remember last year telling my friends who were moving to Harlem that they would not be able to afford living there in a year and people called me alarmist and now they have to move to the Bronx, its getting alarming but because its creeping in its like noone is noticing.
I don't know how to round this up but has anyone noticed this? Its crazy how more people aren't speaking up about it.