Interesting post. You're a home owner in San Francisco so something must have motivated you at some point to make that move. Do you remember what it was? How you felt when you bought your property here?
I'm originally from NY and my point of view is a little different. Great restaurants, yes. Diversity of people, not so much. City views, awesome! Different and interesting neighborhoods, small scale but yes.
Expensive, yes. Pricing are high because people from around the globe would love to live here but most cannot.
Nightlife, not great but I find a lot of people don't party here as much because they want to live a healthier lifestyle.
Hipsters, tech people, status seekers...isn't this the diversity of people you mentioned? lol Hipsters, no comment. Tech people drive our economy so deal with it. Status seekers are everywhere money is (this is a global thing).
Parking isn't that bad here. Perhaps you've never lived in places like NYC. Traffic, easy if you study traffic patterns. This took me about 6 months to get down.
Don't know about street cleaning because I have parking and wouldn't live anywhere in SF without it, period.
Public transport is terrible, agreed. Light years behind any other major city and the bus drivers (not all) are kinda mean and shouldn't be behind the wheel in the first place.
Bad weather? You got me on this one.
Homeless (the term bum is very different) are a direct result of our city being too relaxed on issues. This is one of many on a very long list.
Would I want to live anywhere else in the States? No. This place is paradise minus warm/real summers! I hope you find your way back to feeling positive about this amazing place.
Btw, you missed several other "pros": great entrepreneurial environment, awesome views, diverse population, etc.
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