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Old 01-11-20, 12:36 AM
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Re: Please explain San Diego to me

Originally Posted by Paff View Post
One of the things that "explains" San Diego is that it's a very "spread out" city.

You can visit the Zoo, go to a nice beach, get a great taco, do some shopping, have some drinks and/or craft beer, and enjoy a night out, and literally none of the things I just described are within 5 miles of each other.
15-20 years ago outside of rush hour you could get to PB from North Park or any point A to point Z destination in the city somewhat near a highway within 10 minutes.
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Did you go to La Jolla and see the guy with two Palestinian flags? If not then there’s your problem right there. Gotta check him out. Hell, by now he may be up to three flags.
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One time I stayed by Petco Park and decided to walk back from a train stop that was a little farther away. HOLY SHIT. The number of homeless people or just straight-up shady looking people near the Goodwill over there... it was like Night of the Living Dead.
The Gaslamp Quarter was the red light district before they revitalized the area in the 90's. It was a real shady place full of porn theaters, adult bookstores, hotels with hourly rates, hookers, drugs, skeezy bars. There was a large homeless camp of cardboard boxes about a block away from the Old Spaghetti Factory. At least 2-3 times a week I'd run into some random junkie selling CDs, car stereo, or whatever he'd just stolen from someone's car.
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Re: Please explain San Diego to me

The girl that cut my hair in 2017 moved to San Diego so I don't like that city. It was her dream to move to that city.

It is the second largest city in California which surprised me.

I don't think it is that superior to the Bay Area which almost has the same climate and you probably have to travel a little farther to get to the beaches in NoCal.
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Re: Please explain San Diego to me

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I don't think it is that superior to the Bay Area which almost has the same climate
What kind of hallucinogens are you taking?
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Originally Posted by The Bus View Post
I went to San Diego recently and was a bit befuddled. The nightlife district was mostly empty at night and during the day the areas with large office towers had empty streets as well. I understand what San Diego is (a city with a famous zoo, a whale-torture park, and a Comics Convention). I also understand where it is: drive south on I-5 until you come to a standstill then wait an hour in traffic and you’ve arrived.

However, I need to understand Why is San Diego? and How is San Diego?

To be clear I do not dislike it. I enjoyed a good fish taco and a lovely coffee in Bird Rock. But I could not understand the city. Your help will allow me to understand it more when I return.

thank you in advance
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What kind of hallucinogens are you taking?
Yeah, I thought maybe I caught SF on a bad day, when it was about 60F in July. I walked out of the airport and needed a jacket.

Haven't been to SD, but LA was way hotter than SF, so I'd imagine SD to be more so.
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SD is usually about 6 - 8 degrees warmer than San Francisco, which weirdly makes a world of difference.

LA is a bit warmer, and any area not hugging the ocean is substantially hotter.
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Re: Please explain San Diego to me

Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
The Gaslamp Quarter was the red light district before they revitalized the area in the 90's. It was a real shady place full of porn theaters, adult bookstores, hotels with hourly rates, hookers, drugs, skeezy bars. There was a large homeless camp of cardboard boxes about a block away from the Old Spaghetti Factory. At least 2-3 times a week I'd run into some random junkie selling CDs, car stereo, or whatever he'd just stolen from someone's car.
Why'd they ruin it?
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"us Southern Californians" you mean. We Northern Californians never add the "the". It just sounds weird to us. Do you also say "take the El Camino"?
Interesting, I've lived in the Bay Area my whole life. We always say "We're going to the City" or "Let's go up to the City". Everyone know it means San Francisco and not Oakland or whatever other city is in the bay. Really old timers still call 880 "The Nimitz" or 101 "Bayshore".
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Originally Posted by mrhan View Post
Interesting, I've lived in the Bay Area my whole life. We always say "We're going to the City" or "Let's go up to the City". Everyone know it means San Francisco and not Oakland or whatever other city is in the bay. Really old timers still call 880 "The Nimitz" or 101 "Bayshore".
Sure, for The City, we use "the", we just don't use it in front of highway numbers.

I was trying to think of highway names and came up with Redwood and Bayshore, forgot about Nimitz. But those are all I could think of. Is <s>the</s> 280 called "Junipero Serra"? I think primarily just stretches of the freeway are named. Bayshore and Redwood are the same 101, just in different areas, but you hear those names fairly infrequently.
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I'm still trying to figure out how San Diego and the Bay Area have "almost the same climate"


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Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca View Post
I don't think it is that superior to the Bay Area which almost has the same climate and you probably have to travel a little farther to get to the beaches in NoCal.
SF has a far, far better climate for my liking than SD. But, take your pick $1M to live in SD, $2M+ to live in SF. I don't like that poison, both extremely overpriced. Cost of living in SD is very high, but wages are much lower than SF, which has about the same cost of living, sans housing, of course.

SD used to be a reasonable place to live,but it is now one giant swarming mass of suburbia. Now, with the trolley disrupting the landscape even more in the UCSD area / N. county, there's even less reason to consider living there. More people, more crowding. I couldn't believe the sprawl nightmare that La Jolla / University city has turned into, when I visited recently. What was almost a quaint seaside comminity has turned into "everybody wanting their cake, and the builders only too anxious to give it to them!" sprawl. Before 1985-90, the area was a paradise, in 1995, the area was liveable, in 2005 it was still worth considering. Now, with the University construction crews working, 24/7 to give "all students a place on campus housing", the area has been blighted.

What used to take an hour to get to from the OC now takes 2 hours on a good day (not too much traffic).
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Sure, for The City, we use "the", we just don't use it in front of highway numbers.

I was trying to think of highway names and came up with Redwood and Bayshore, forgot about Nimitz. But those are all I could think of. Is <s>the</s> 280 called "Junipero Serra"? I think primarily just stretches of the freeway are named. Bayshore and Redwood are the same 101, just in different areas, but you hear those names fairly infrequently.
Junipero Serra freeway, if I recall correctly was just the area around Colma/Daly City near the 380/SFO interchange. Today, if you mention Colma there's a confused look on people's faces; like they never heard of it. However, they do know Daly City. 680 was actually called Sinclair. I don't really remember that at all. Way before my time.
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Hell, if you mention Junipero Serra it’s a hate crime.
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Do you also say "take the El Camino"?
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The Gaslamp Quarter was the red light district before they revitalized the area in the 90's. It was a real shady place full of porn theaters, adult bookstores, hotels with hourly rates, hookers, drugs, skeezy bars. There was a large homeless camp of cardboard boxes about a block away from the Old Spaghetti Factory. At least 2-3 times a week I'd run into some random junkie selling CDs, car stereo, or whatever he'd just stolen from someone's car.
Shame they ruined it to look like nondescript urban downtown 56.0

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