My home, on the front and top of the New York Times first page! Whoo!
Here is a large, prominent, featured article on the front page of the New York Times on the Oildale section of what we generally consider to be Greater Bakersfield. I grew up in Taft, which is just like Oildale, only without the good parts. I’m being serious.
Sadly, I now live in “Southwest”, which really is not that big a step up from Oildale. But yeah, the article really does a nice job of describing the place.
We are just two hours away from LA and six from San Francisco, but it’s a different planet. Really. Malibu is as far removed from Oildale as it is from Tijuana, culturally. People in big cities just have no idea how bad it is in places like Bakersfield. I go to hipster places in LA and just marvel at the money people have to spend. It boggles my mind.
All those articles in the New York Times about how the recovery has helped the rich but hurt the poor? Yeah, it has hurt like hell places like the one I live in.
Do you know where the rich people in Bakersfield live?
It’s an old joke, but it’s true. And it’s true for lots of places all over this country. Mississippi, West Virginia, little towns all over: if you hit it big, you leave. Only those with limited options and resources end up here. Don’t get me wrong: this is a great place to do criminal and family law. But someday somebody needs to start giving a crap about the people who live in places like this.