Writing about his trip to San Francisco, Tim Sandefur notes:
San Francisco is alive. I consider it proof, by the way, that liberalism is better than conservatism. No sane person would prefer to live in Salt Lake City than San Francisco, notwithstanding the socialism.
My wife and I lived in San Francisco last summer (on California & Hyde). It was the best summer of our combined 51 years on this earth. Living centrally in the city, each weekend we'd close our eyes and pick a direction on the map. Then we'd walk.
That's the beauty of the city. You can find something wonderful in any direction - whether it's watching the crowds at the Pier, enjoying the shops in Union Squre, or merely enjoying the exercise of walking through the hilly city. Hell, the homeless people were even such a part of the landscape that we weren't annoyed with them. But San Francisco is not the place for people who have sticks up their arses, or who can't mind their own business.
Each time we walked down Polk Street, we'd smell marijuana in the air. We'd see same-sex couples carrying bags with logos from such-and-such lube shop. We never minded because, quite frankly, it's none of our business if you are smoking marijuana or having sex. However, the city does have somewhat of a degenerate element to it.
My best friend stayed with us on the 4th of July weekend. We watched the fireworks at the Pier and then went to some bars. On the way to one bar we saw a homeless man peeing on the sidewalk (talk about the plain-view doctrine!); I stepped in human fecal matter; and a girl at the bar flashed us - all within about 20 minutes. After being flashed I laughed, looked over to my friend and said, "In twenty minutes you have seen the soul of San Francisco." And of course, per capita, citizens of San Francisco consume more beer and books than anyplace else in the United States.
Hey, the city might not be for everybody. But as for me, give me San Francisco, or give me...well not death, but everywhere outside of SF does seems a bit lifeless.
UPDATE: I just found this blog (Via the Legal Reader) whose focus in on San Francisco. How cool is that?