Tonight, I met a friend for a glass of wine. She's the mother of one of Alice's dearest friends. I was sad to hear that she is monitoring neighborhoods outside the city. "Not seriously," she assured me. "I've only been looking at homes online."
Our conversation was familiar because just this morning I was talking to some neighbor friends who were on their way to Berkeley for an open house. They have a young child who will be going to kindergarten in a few years, so they're thinking ahead.
Our city is deprived of children and I hate for it to lose a single family but the reality is that some people will leave. So maybe it's time to talk about school districts outside the city. How does Mill Valley compare to Lafayette? And what's the difference between Lafayette and Orinda? And what about Albany--is it the hidden gem? Are there any affordable Bay Area towns with excellent schools? And please feel free to make a sales pitch to those who are thinking about leaving. (I need your help convincing my friends to stay.)