Left My Heart Anywhere BUT San Francisco

If you don’t get the title then you’ve been obviously living under a rock.

So, today class I will be speaking about my hometown, San Francisco, California. There’s a lot of great things in this city but what comes up must come down so, there are some bad aspects as well. All I have to say before plunging into deep analysis is… everyone has a right to their own opinion but, not every opinion is right. With that said, if you are from, lived in, currently live in, or desire to live in San Francisco, don’t take it personal, I am just speaking from 16 years of experience. Also, I’m offering a perspective that a lot of sites on the internet will not. I am a young person of color. Most of those review things are from older, white males. No offense to you older white males out there but I’m just saying. There’s a big difference between you and me.

Okay, now for the good stuff.

So, I don’t really care for SF and here are some reasons why:

  1. Hills
  2. Random Hot Days
  3. Bicyclists
  4. 6th Street
  5. Smokers Downtown
  6. Everything Closes Early
  7. Hipsters
  8. Expensive
  9. Muni
  10. SFPD
  11. Did I forget to mention Hipsters?
  12. Everybody Knows Everybody
  13. Gentrification
  14. Lack of Culture (this is a recent epidemic)
  15. Segregation
  16. Stuck up people in Pac Heights
  17. Traffic after 4 pm
  18. tourists
  19. Not so great employment opportunities
  20. Bad schools
  21. No Starbucks in The Mission

Okay, so that’s just the bad stuff… but here’s some stuff I actually like.

  1. Fog (yes, I like the fog)
  2. everything is relatively close
  3. Trader Joe’s
  4. The Mission (but sometimes I hate living there)
  5. A lot of places to get food (it’s not all good but it ain’t that bad)
  6. Rainy Season in March
  7. The Castro

You see how the bad outweighs the good? Well, some may say I won’t find anywhere better but I have to disagree with that thought. When I have traveled to at least 10 cities, that’s when I can really pass judgment. Until then, I shall just speak on what I know well and best, San Francisco.

So, to all the people who read my tumblr rant on how I don’t see why people think SF is this wonderful, world-class city this post is a further explanation of my disdain. I see a lot of tourists downtown and I never get why they think SF is great after only looking at a couple blocks of it.

In conclusion, if you’re looking to move to San Francisco, I suggest visiting for a week and not staying in a hotel downtown. Stay somewhere else and let me know if you still feel the same. But I will say this, if you live in SF always take the time to go other places and explore. I know way too many people who are born and raised here and have never set foot outside the city besides going to Serramonte. And when I say explore, I do not mean go to Tahoe or Burning Man. I’m talking Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland. Other places in the Bay that are worth spending a day in.

I’m sure not a lot of people are going to read this BUT, to who ever does, I hope this was informative!

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Posted on April 19, 2011, in Just Plain Random, Random yet Informative, Reviews and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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