I am not the only one who has commented on the change in the population of San Francisco.
I have lived here nearly all my life. My father came from San Francisco, as did my grandfather and my own children were born and grew up here.
I hear the same observation from other long time City dwellers. The obvious change is that the City was run by the hereditary wealthy elite until the mid-1960’s when the Democrat Party and unions took over.
* it was always a quirky hotbed of radicals.
* it was calderon where people came to find out who they were.
This was home to: leading anarchists, the capital of single taxers, the center of the American Wobblies, the 1880’s baby boomers, the first citywide strike, the communist run longshoreman’s union, the founding of the gay and lesbian movements, the home of sexual freedom and the global home of the hippies. I haven’t forgotten the Urban Guerrillas and Burning Man. The city was always radical and comfortable with radicalism.
Today it is the Internet tech and the Pharmacology geek center of the planet. There are no radicals anymore; just boring Lefty Luddite copycats who control the city government and parrot the national Lefty tunes of the Democrat Union Party.
San Francisco was where people came to find out who they were. Everyone I went to public school with moved somewhere else when they graduated from high school. They were ordinary people who knew what they wanted to be. They didn't wonder who they were.
The writers who came to the San Francisco calderon to find themselves and leave were Mark Twain, Jack London, Emma Goldman, Gertrude Stein (born in S.F.) Dashiell Hammett, Gary Snyder, John Muir, John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, Robert Louis Stevenson, Anne Rice and William Saroyan.
An equal number of artists came to the calderon: Janis Joplin, Ansel Adams, Richard Serra, Isadora Duncan, Francis Coppola, Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Bruce Lee, The Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, Johnny Mathis,
And Clifford Geertz, Rev. Jim Jones, Julia Morgan, Dorothea Lange, Robin Williams.
Today the city is not ‘tolerant’. It is Lefty intolerant. The only voices heard anywhere are politically correct Lefty Luddites. Everything else is suppressed.
The fundamentals of the city are not attended to by the incompetent city government. Tourists are nearly universal in commenting on how dirty the City is and how extreme the homeless problem is. Local old time residents are shocked at the poor quality of the transit system, the ubiquitous potholes in the street that often cluster together to form sinkholes. The worst government problem is that the largest budget item is government pensions; in the $billions every year.
Just to add fuel to the fire of devastation, very major corporation founded here has left. Starting with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Bechtel, Charles Schwab, Pacific Gas and Electric, Pacific Telephone, Cisco Systems, Hearst Corporation, Cost Plus, Crown Zellerbach, Del Monte, Dole, Espirit, Six Apart, Sharper Image, Transamerica and Firemen's Fund.
What a sad state for a once great city.