Quotable San Francisco:
“One day if I go to Heaven… I’ll look around and say, “It ain’t bad…but it ain’t San Francisco.”” – Herb Caen
There is no way to possibly describe in a few short paragraphs the City by the Bay. San Francisco sits as one of the most impressive cities on the face of the continent – architecturally, socially, and economically. The peninsula the city calls home is packed densely – over 800,000 people packed into less than 47 square miles. The busy streets surrounding Union Square give way to unique neighborhood settings.
A location rivaled by few has created some obstacles over the years. The city’s growth has led to immense waves of lower-income residents being pushed further and further away from the city. Moreover, the city’s unique geographical location – prone as it is to occasional earthquakes – has led to higher development costs in order to avoid the tragedies that befell the city in 1906 and 1989. Today, San Franciscans are watching their first supertall, 1,000 ft+ building, Salesforce Tower, rise in the SoMa (South of Market) district.
San Francisco proper gives way to a metropolitan region that includes two other large Californian cities – Oakland and San Jose. Oakland, which has struggled in recent decades, has begun to find itself benefiting from those who have been priced out of living in San Francisco itself. Today Oakland is rapidly redeveloping its downtown core. San Jose, further south of the Bay, is the epicenter of Silicon Valley – the nation’s high-tech hub.