With a swelling presence of Airbnb short-term rentals and university students, Santa Cruz has increasingly become unaffordable and inhospitable to many longtime low-income workers and middle-class families, and experts say the tech boom and housing crunch in nearby Silicon Valley is exacerbating the displacement.
When was this article written? Santa Cruz has been an unaffordable bedroom community of San Francisco since before they shot Lost Boys there. My buddies were bitching about how fucking expensive Santa Cruz was in '92.
So you can bitch about how expensive it is to live there. Or you can move to Oakland like everybody else.