Originally Posted by milosz
My dad was born in San Jose, lived there until '65ish and spent his college years in SF and the East Bay, left in 1970 and I don't think he's been back since my brother was born in '75. I wonder what he'd think of the area now, particularly San Jose.
I loved the time I've spent in the city and would move there in a heartbeat if it was feasible. I'd love to never really need a car again (aside from the odd ZipCar use), the weather is my ideal (even the rain), I could find a show or something interesting to do just about any night of the week, the food was outstanding even on the low end, people were no worse than Dallas (less, uh, bubbly as a rule). And I could buy top-shelf liquor behind the counter of convenience stores in the Tenderloin.
OTOH, a week after I flew back home on the last trip, the counter guy at the pizza place I had eaten at several nights (on Van Ness) got stabbed by a crazy chick. San Francisco might be the hardest place in the world for me to get a concealed handgun license, and also the place I would most like to carry, I think.
San Jose is now overrun by Indians. Driving in the residential areas after sunset will make you feel like being in Bangalore. So many Indians.
Originally Posted by Lokesh
Which one are you talking about? In the main library I've only found the bathroom smelling of urine. I would assume this is to be expected since its so close to the tenderloin and that its free for anyone to come in. Also my visit is hardly to take in the sights sounds and smells. I'm mainly talking about their selection of books.
They all have the BARTxChinatown scent.
Originally Posted by Manton
Right, well, you will dismiss this as an appeal to authority, but Richard Henry Dana and Gaspar de Portola both described SF Bay as the finest spot for human habitation on earth. Some other luminary whose name I forget at the moment said the most beautiful places in the world were the Bay of Naples, the Bosporous, and SF Bay.
The Ford Focus comment is assinine and just reveals you as a hater. My opinion was not meant to be gospel, merely opinion, but at least it is not absurd.
SV is ugly, or most of it, but it has very nice pocket. It is also a lot less ugly, and a lot smaller, than the worst LA and AZ sprawl. Hilarious that you base all these judgements on hearsay. Go in person and see for yourself.
LA is a fugly place to live. And if you hate night life, SV is not a bad place to be. All those small towns downtown areas are way better than LA.