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The Million Dollar Shack and Silicon Valley’s Housing Crisis

Almost every software developer dreams about an opportunity to join tech giants like Apple, Google, Facebook or Hooli. But what really happens when a tech giant moves into your neighborhood? With rising salaries comes rising property costs and with rising property costs comes foreign investors profiting big – yet leaving houses empty. In some cases, employees choose to live out of a car or even a box truck.

This Google Employee Lives In a Box Truck

When Brandon accepted a position at Google, he realized that most of his out-of-work life would be spent commuting to an apartment he would use for pretty much just sleeping. Although he could technically afford an apartment, like many in the Bay area, he’d be spending most of his income on rent and utilities and wouldn’t be able to pay down student debts or save any money. His solution? A box truck.

Here’s what San Francisco looked like in the 1800’s if Google Maps Existed

Ready to hop in the DeLorean and head back to the 1800’s? Two coders (@danvdk and @ravejk) decided to use the vast resource of photos from the San Francisco Public Library and create an interactive map of the images on Google Maps. It’s almost as great as being able to travel back in time while taking a modern luxury like Google maps along for the ride.