I said a couple of days ago that if you built a city like Boston somewhere in California you might have the best place on earth. Kevin Drum suggested I should try San Francisco, and so I did—albeit briefly—earlier today.
And man was it great!
I really only had a few hours to spare, so obviously I can’t say anything for real. Just arrived via CalTrain then took a light rail line over to the Ferry Building to check out the farmer’s market then walked to a great dim sum place that a bunch of people recommended over Twitter. Walked a tiny bit more then had to hustle to the airport to head back to the east coast. So what do I really know? But it certainly seemed great. Walkable cities are better than sprawly ones, mid-sized cities are better than giant ones, and good weather is better than bad weather. San Francisco wins on all three. Only complaint I was able to develop over the course of the morning is that the existence of overlapping BART and Muni transit systems is confusing.