Recently a startup founder in San Jose asked me a question: What would you do if you were starting a California city?
My first answer: Get my head examined.
For 40 years, the state government and California voters have steadily reduced the revenues and limited the discretion of municipal governments; anyone who starts a new city in such conditions is insane by definition. Our newest cities—like Jurupa Valley and Menifee in Riverside County—have struggled to survive.
Then I reconsidered. No, I don’t believe in the advanced dream cities that technologists at Google …