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I think I hate San Francisco.

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by lefty, Nov 7, 2010.

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    Driving through San Rafael was fun today at rush hour with the Richmond - SR bridge closed both ways. If that needs to be shut for extended repairs, it's going to be ugly. There are a lot of teachers, cops and firefighters living North of Novato and working in the East Bay.
     

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    Healdsburg used to be a pretty quiet, nice agricultural town and in the last ten years or so, been hit big time by the money stick. Seems to be going the.unfortunate direction of what's happened to St. Helena.
     

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    Healdsburg is about as slow growth as it gets. Similar to SF; no middle and no/limited growth. In the early 2000’s they instituted a policy known as GMO; it restricted the city from issuing more than 30 residential building permits a year.

    They have loosened over the last decade but they like it sleepy and 1%.





     

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    I'm not saying it's grown a great deal and I think their growth restrictions were a good idea to save it from becoming an extension of Santa Rosa in density and lack of character.

    My point is also that it used to be low key, sleepy, and primarily a blue collar town. Now people show up to go to lunch like they are fresh off the boat from Newport Beach or the Hamptons. And the nature of the retail and hospitality has shifted to accommodate and draw that crowd.
     

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    OK, I'll try not to take it personally.
     

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    Please don't. No allusions to you or your luncheon intended!
     

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    To be fair, I am exactly that guy -- the annoying arriviste wandering around bumping into things going "oh that's kind of cool!' while the older Bay Area heads mutter "well, it used to be" among themselves.

    Anyway, what's up with the traffic carnage every time it rains?
     

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    In SF proper, I think it's because it doesn't rain for 10 months of the year. People are super cautious due to inexperience, plus the drains around town have filled up with detritus during the dry months, so streets flood all around the city. The traffic situation is precarious/a shit show in the dry, so rain tips it over into meltdown.
     

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    I had dinner two weeks ago with two long-time residents of SF. When the topic of change came up one said, "Remember when San Francisco mattered?"
     

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    They mean, like, culturally? Or the city specifically versus, say, Silicon Valley in the context of the broader Bay Area economy.
     

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    Once a deluge meets the street feces I'm sure it becomes a literal "shit show."
     

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    Scored some Alchemist at City Beer Store yesterday. It's OK but I'd rather drink Blind Pig. Beer week festivities were fun.

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    Also had a '13 and '15 Beat. Opinions were divided on which was nearest peak.

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