Having lived in san fran my whole life, I can confidently tell you that it is a mess. There are seriously so many homeless it is ridiculous. wanna see a bunch of gay men walk around naked? well come on down to san Francisco. Its almost always foggy and cold. The beaches here are worthless because every time I go, i need a sweatshirt just in case the weather pulls a 180 and it starts to rain. the prices here are ridiculous too. when i went to Portland Oregon for a summer, i was in shock as to how inexpensive everything was. Food cost almost nothing, clothes were cheaper than dirt, and the apartment i was renting was really cheap for what I was getting. San Francisco is also nice if you want to hear a bunch of obnoxious millennial morons bitch and complain. really its also a great place to live with the constant crime. Granted there are parts of San Francisco that are nice. But this excludes downtown, west portal, the Haight, the Presidio, china town, Japan town, etc. all of these places are like the tenderloin with all of the druggies and crazy people roaming the streets. you will see rows of tents pitched on the sidewalk as you get a bite to eat at a cafe. Another fun tip, if you have trash cans that you leave out, get ready for all of the homeless to raid your garbage and throw it all over the street. Its really nice waking up after you trash has been collected to find a note from the garbage man telling you that you have been fined for not properly storing your trash. a buddy of mine had a motorcycle that he parked on the street and put a bike lock through the wheel. (If you know where sacred heart cathedral hs is that's where it was parked.) the next morning when he went to go get his bike, it was gone. the only thing left was the wheel with the bike lock, that's the kind of city San Francisco is.
Do you like the smell of stale urine?Do you like seeing homeless people shooting up drugs on sidewalks in broad daylight?Do you like the sight and smell of human feces?Do you like aggressive panhandlers?Do you love tent cities?Do you love having your car broken into constantly?Do you like getting robbed/assaulted by a crazy person without provocation?Ever been attacked by a machete or hatchet?Then Slum Francisco is the place for you!Come and enjoy our steamy plies of human waste-- prepared fresh daily on city sidewalks especially for you! Enjoy garbage and used syringes discarded in parks, sidewalks and train stations. Explore the many tent cities around town. Experience the Third World without having to leave the USA! Don't miss out!
A fun place to visit for a few days and probably a great city in which to live. We visited for 6 days and as tourists and found it a couple of days too long!The city features fabulous architecture and one really should spend a few hours just looking into some of the older building lobbies in the financial district.With the odd exception, the food in the restaurants was really unremarkable.The city itself is very dirty. Litter is everywhere and in the financial and shopping district, there is a pervasive smell of stale urine. What was astonishing was that the shopkeepers (large and small) did not take enough pride of ownership to police the areas in front of their shops by picking up litter and washing down the sidewalks to remove that urine smell. It was VERY offensive! I understand there is a large number of homeless people just as there is where I live but the lack of cleanliness would not be tolerated here.The shopping was good but with a few exceptions consisted of shops found in other cities. Fisherman's wharf is disappointing and is basically like a fair ground without the rides.There is some fabulous scenery and is not to be missed and to get wonderful views of the city, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz take the Sausalito ferry. Sausalito is definitely worth the visit; you will feel a definite change in vibe and a different set of views back to San Francisco.
Honestly if you want to be safe stay out of the Tendernob. Don't go to the Bayview and avoid the projects. If you can follow those rules you will be introduced to one of the most remarkable cities outside of Europe. If you can't then might as well be in East L.A. If you are into food, nightlife, entertainment, sight seeing and proximity to the mountains then SF is your place. The kicker is that you won't want to leave. If you enjoy exploring your neighborhood just go for a walk and you are sure to be entertained. My wife and I go on weekend walks and just emerge ourselves in whatever neighborhood we chose to explore.
When I lived in San Francisco, CA, I loved it. There were plenty of great places to choose from to live in. They were a bit pricey, but having two roommates helps with the rent. There are also other types of housing, but I was interested in apartment living. The weather is nice. It is hot in the summers, and the winters aren't bad at all.
Another great thing about living in San Francisco is the abundance of things to do and see. Take the McArdle Roadway and look at the telescope. Head on down to the wharf for fun and interesting things to do and see. Take a ride on the merry go round. San Francisco, CA is close to many other fascinating places, so you will have no problem finding things to do and see when you live in the area. Taking the trolley down the major hills was also an experience, one that is well known to all the people that live in the area.
San Francisco has an array of great restaurants to go to. If you love seafood, you will have your pick of a bunch of great places. The shopping in the area is good too. Make sure that you check out the small shops although, they do tend to come and go, they have great items that are always on sale. I used to buy lots of gifts from these smaller shops.
We just got back from our annual meeting of public health types there (American Public Health Association)...over 10,000 strong. During the World Series, which the Giants swept, so the city was in a euphoric state of mind. We just joined in. During the time there...ate and imbibed great. Took a walking audit, helped the less fortunate, and took a bicycle tour that assessed some of the great improvements the city is making in its built environment. Presenters from the SF Dept. of Health were incredible. IMO, that sets the tone for a city that cares. I am not naive about cost of living, congestion, etc. but there is just too much cool stuff happening in my favorite American city.
I visited San Francisco for a few days in 2010 and was impressed. The San Francisco lifestyle is moderately fast paced with people maintaining a city pace of living. It is a great city for people who enjoy walking around in a comfortable environment. When visiting Fisherman's Wharf, there are many beautiful things to see. The Pacific Ocean is a magnificent thing to see. Additionally, they have seals on the piers. Watching the seals is a very peaceful part of the experience, it allows you to relax and bask in the ambience of San Francisco. I traveled to San Francisco with no expectations and really enjoyed myself. The customer service in San Francisco was marvelous.
I also went to see The Producers in San Francisco. It was a magnificent experience to watch a great play in San Francisco. The theater was very spacious and quite nice. All of the views allowed a great viewing experience. Additionally, the acting was superb. The talent on stage was tremendous and made the price of admission very reasonable.
One of the things I didn't like about San Francisco was the safety. If you didn't know where you were going, you could easily wind up in a bad part of town. For this reason, you should familiarize yourself with the dangerous parts of San Francisco. I felt safe with the exception of the bad areas. All in all, San Francisco was an amazing experience. There were many nice places to eat and places to shop. The public transportation was great as the trolley's were a lot of fun. I look forward to going back to San Francisco as soon as possible. Next time, I will be more familiar with all the great things the city has to offer.
I visit San Francisco at least once a year. I love the climate, the restaurants, and the fact that it's easy to travel around the city on foot or via public transportation, since San Francisco is so compact. I usually stay in one of the vintage hotels in the Union Square or SoMa neighborhoods, since they're usually reasonably priced and easy to reach from the airport. While these San Francisco neighborhoods can be expensive, there's enough inexpensive ethnic restaurants and other attractions there to make it worthwhile.
One of my favorite things to do in San Francisco is to go to Golden Gate Park, especially on Sundays, when the park is closed to cars. The park is full of people walking, riding bikes, and generally enjoying themselves, especially on sunny days. Then I usually walk over to Clement Street in the Inner Richmond neighborhood, eat Burmese food for lunch and explore the many bookstores in the area. This is my idea of a perfect San Francisco weekend excursion.