one of the nice things about being a gazillion years old is you can see how things change
not just how things have changed over a few years or even ten years
but how things have changed over decades and decades and decades
i first visited san francisco when i was 15 years old and i soaked it all in cuz it was weird and wild and wonderful
last weekend i visited it again with older eyes and i always notice whats new and whats been replaced and what has been improved on and what has been left alone
hardly anything is ever left alone. ever.
life isnt like that.
even the mountains get effed with by the wind and the water and other mountains
and if you are an optimist and if you project sweet things on things you dont know, you can pretend that the things that get effed with get effed for nice reasons and those things are improved upon.
but if you are a pessimist and see sad and ugly things, you’ll probably see change as something that has deteriorated perfect things.
the last time i lived in san francisco i had a lot of great things: a beautiful girlfriend, a perfectly situated and fully-stocked apartment, three jobs, dozens of close friends, even a garage. yet i felt something was missing. so i left.
i call The City “frisco” as a diss. but a funny diss. a sweet diss. in truth i love the bay area as so much happened to me there that shaped who i am today. i know the good people of san francisco dont like it being called frisco or san fran or SF. but i dont care. in fact i think they should be teased for being so particular.
theyre proud of their city and they should be. theres diversity, and flavor, and swag, and color, and great food, and crazy views, and really sweet people.
they do lack some vital things to me: namely a world-changing music scene, and tropical weather.
likewise theres one thing that i prefer in LA that i still think SF lacks – and energy that sings to me.
with that said, i appreciate the changes i saw in the Mission and in Lower Haight. yes a pessimist might call it gentrification, but someone like me, an optimist, sees it and welcomes the improvements. the lack of urine and filth on 16th and mission is an upgrade. trying to find a homeless person to give leftovers to on Fillmore at 10am and not being able to see anyone, to me, is a positive thing.
and the creative street art blanketing the walls and buildings along 24th st. rivals any of the beauty seen in the more wealthy areas of the city by the bay.
and i applaud it.