[migration of firms to small cities is inhibited by] Insufficient maturity of the coordination mechanisms – Maybe tomorrow’s equivalent of the free-state project/charter cities could be a proper linked in group where people can quite literally call out for all sorts of talent that they want in a city. This group could take over small towns or build new cities on empty land with finance coordinated with dominant assurance contracts enforced by blockchain like trustless/minimal trust mechanisms. All of these mechanisms are still immature. Maybe someday when the costs of the bay area really go up, the next big tech firm could try this.
Competing with San Francisco or New York for talented people is like trying to compete with Google in search or Facebook in social networking. In fact, it is more difficult, because the coordination problem is more subtle.
For instance, if you wanted to lure me to new city, you would need to insure that there are Israeli folk dance sessions. That requires coordinating enough dancers to move there. But prior to that, it requires that you know that this is an issue for me. And, of course, to get those dancers, you have to deal with their primary considerations, which might not be dancing.
Also, to get me to move, you need to persuade my wife. And she has her own considerations.
Established big cities have “solved” these coordination problems through a spontaneous order. You can think of them as overlapping networks of coordination. They attract Jane with a particular job opportunity, John with a particular amenity, and someone else with the opportunity to meet John and Jane.