Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Why You Should live in San Francisco

Great article about my city, which made it to #3 on best cities to live in.

San Francisco is a cityscape of irresistible drama. Steep hills and skyscrapers overlook a gorgeous bay that changes color with the sky. That drama filters into every aspect of the city’s life, from its topsy-turvy power politics to its go-hard recreation (3,480 acres of parks including three golf courses) and go-harder nightlife (including 2,870 bars). Since the days of the Barbary Coast, San Francisco has boasted one of the great bar and dining cultures, and is home to some of the best restaurants in North America, claiming one restaurant for every 279 people.

The louche life notwithstanding, San Francisco was the healthiest city in the U.S. in 2008, at least according to USA Today. Just outside the city lay miles of vineyards producing some of the world's great wines. The city abounds with classic men’s stores including local favorites Cable Car Clothiers and The Hound. San Francisco is a creativesector powerhouse, with LucasArts located right in the city’s famed Presidio. The city’s boy-to-girl ratio (male: 51%; female: 49%) doesn’t seem promising at first, but remember this is San Francisco, so you can shave a good 8% to 10% off the competition right there. Be advised that women here are the cream of the brain trust -- San Francisco was named one of the top 10 smartest cities by Forbes last year -- so the kind of “hey baby” come-on that works in L.A. or Miami Beach ain’t gonna work here.

This year promises a bumper crop of cool events in the city that invented both the Irish Coffee and Burning Man. The centerpiece will be the three-day Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, which debuted in ’08, and is set to rock the socks off of Coachella.


Things are looking sunny for the foggy city; and by the way, when in San Francisco, do yourself a favor and don’t ever call it “‘Frisco” or worse, “San Fran.” It’s always “San Francisco,” pronounced more like “Sanfren-cisco” than “San FRAN-cisco.”

Funny side note. If you vote, you'll notice about 90% of people would not live in this city. I say screw 'em, that's SF is the top 10% of the country.

(thanks Neatorama)

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