...why we live in the Bay Area: February, 70 degrees, light breeze, green hills...
- first 'community' transmission of Covid-19 a couple miles away
- summer droughts
- fall wildfires
- chronic homelessness
- highest US cost of living
- endemic air pollution
Glad you're enjoying spring in California!
Way to focus on the positive, Clark.
Well despite all those 'ills' that have developed since I was a kid, growing up in the Bay Area in the 1940's and '50s when none of that was a problem, I still enjoy visiting. And I too had that attitude when I lived there.
So I'm glad you still are able to enjoy such feelings of pleasure and good luck. But seeing the changes the past 70 years have wrought, I don't think I could join you.
Yes, but your remembrances may not be so accurate. In the 1950s SF Bay was badly polluted by all the dump sites on its shores. The air pollution was much worse than now and the public transportation systems poor. All of these things have now dramatically improved.
I'm thinking of the late 1940's, early 50's. I lived in San Mateo & Santa Clara County (now Silicon Valley), Mayfield (now South Palo Alto), Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos. We could see the golden hills in the East Bay shimmering in the summer sun from over there. No longer.
Since the 1920's there had been little new construction. So there was little sprawl and transit was much more efficient: towns down the Peninsula were built around the SP stations with vast fields and orchards in between. You could walk to catch the trains and Greyhound buses to San Francisco which ran quite frequently, since few people had cars in those post-depression and post-war years.
In San Francisco there were FOUR trolley tracks down Market St, and the Key System trains rumbled across the Bay Bridge to serve the East Bay. Many more cable car lines too: Jones St shuttle, O'Farrell St, Washington & Jackson Streets way west, past VanNess.
It was a great place for a kid to grow up; we didn't realize how lucky we were.