San Francisco: dirty, credulous, overcrowded?

This post by a resident has the good and bad of San Francisco, from his perspective. He’s so upset about the downside of the city that he warns readers:

If you enjoy living in San Francisco, stop reading right now.

Why? Is he going to tell me something that I haven’t learned in my thirty years here? Something that will make me boogie off to Atlanta or Denver?

No, that’s not the reason.

If you don’t stop reading, you’ll probably come across something you disagree with, then you’ll want to leave a nasty comment, then you’ll realize I don’t accept comments, then you’ll email me, and then I’ll have to ignore your email because I warned you not to read this.

Aw! He doesn’t want to deal with someone disagreeing with him! It’s almost cute.

OK, to save time, here is his worst criticism: San Francisco is dirty and overcrowded, and this implies that the citizens value their delusions about the city and themselves more than they do its residents, especially the residents who are poorer and less privileged.

Don’t be afraid, Alex Payne. I don’t disagree. I think it’s a good argument, and also a true picture of the city. (In fact, you should have stuck to that. The other criticism, that you run into too many other tech industry people and feel you always have to be on, to properly represent your latest business idea or image — oh, come on.)

Comments on Payne’s piece welcome here, even if he doesn’t want to deal with them there.

1 Comment so far

  1. AG (unregistered) on October 12th, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

    Whenever I hear “dirty” described about San Francisco, it’s often by (new) residents or visitors who only see SOMA or downtown/ ‘loin (which are dirty) and suggest the entire city is like that. Off the top of my head I can think of Noe Valley, Castro/ upper Market, whole swaths of the Sunset and Richmond, Cow Hollow/ Marina, Dolores, West Portal, etc etc that don’t come to mind as dirty or urban.

    It makes me wonder if any of them have ever been to NYC, Philly or LA (downtown, Melrose, or Hollywood for example) for comparison. All good cities by the way, no criticism intended.

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