No doubt the thought has occurred to the local police, that these may not actually have been proper cleaners at all, but fraudsters put in place with the express purpose of stealing the artwork.
Despite having experience living in a major US city, I found quite a few surprises coming here. Some have been great, while others not so much. And if you already live in SF, this should give you a laugh or two and hopefully inspire you to leave a comment with anything I missed.
Consider this the guide I wish someone had given me when I moved here. It gets cold at 4pm. On the east coast I got used to it staying warm on a nice day til 10pm.
Black Men and Public Space Brent Staples Brent Staples (b. ), the oldest of nine children, was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. His father was a truck driver who lost his job along with 40, other workers in the s because of plant closings in the area. Black Men and Public Space" by Brent Staples Article Summary In the article "Black Men and Public Space" by Brent Staples, the author explains his first hand experiences walking through a fairly affluent neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. Staples, Brent. “Black Men and Public Space.” The Little, Brown Reader. Eds, Marcia Stubbs and Sylvan Barnet 12th ed. Boston: Longman, Print.
If it was 70 degrees in the morning, you could rest assured that the temperature would be about 70 when you left work that night. That is not the case here. A lot of this is due to the fog that seems to roll in around then.
Be prepared to always have layers with you. A light jacket is your best friend in San Francisco. People take the neighborhood you live in pretty seriously. Each neighborhood has a unique set of offerings, and pros and cons. This is the most expensive city to live in now and only Manhattan is in the race with them.
Finding an apartment is a full contact sport. Lovely, an apartment listing site, did a great infographic on SF rent prices: Rental rate rises by Lovely Update: Cost of living overall is sky high. Of course these high rental prices are just part of the challenge of living here economically.
The cost of goods in my experience have been as high or higher as anywhere else in the country. The most crushing aspect I saved for last though.
This combines to mean despite a significant pay raise when I moved here, I live less comfortably here. There are crazy and cool things always going on. One of my favorite things about coming to San Francisco has been this fact. It is truly amazing to me how often there are festivals, concerts, and just randomly awesome cultural events going on.
I give huge credit to the city of San Francisco for how often they let streets get shut down, allow for impromptu performances and try to make it easy for people to participate by adjusting public transportation accordingly.
Finding something exciting on one of those sites and asking people to go with you is the fastest way to make friends. Costumes are a way of life. This is a drunken costume party, err, race, across the city: Lots of homeless, beggars and crackheads.
This is definitely part of the uglier side of San Francisco. Unfortunately, the worst parts of the city for crime are the Tenderloin and Civic Center as well as some areas of Western Addition and the Missionwhich are right in the middle of the city.
Market Street and Union Square, which are areas filled with startups and great shops, is unfortunately on the border of those areas. See map below and learn about crime in San Francisco with this great site. I personally prefer the microbrews but still see PBR everywhere I go.
An extremely pro-dog city. If you want to learn more about the benefits of your dog living in SF, this article captures it better than I ever could: Where else in the country is there an active dog owner Political Action Committee?
Divisadero is the fog line.When Brent Staples published his piece, “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space”, in Ms. magazine it was very controversial. He was a black man, for starters, writing about racial profiling, and . The tube is lightweight and highly portable and provides water on demand, on site.
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Rent is insane. The first thing you’ll notice when you get here is the sticker shock on rent. This is the most expensive city to live in now and only Manhattan is in the race with them. Black Men in Public Space by: Brent Staples "It was in the echo of that terrified woman's footfalls that I first began to know the unwieldy inheritance I'd come into--the ability to alter public space in ugly ways.".
Staples, Brent. “Black Men and Public Space.” The Little, Brown Reader.
Eds, Marcia Stubbs and Sylvan Barnet 12th ed. Boston: Longman, Print.