New York: Still Not the Only Interesting Place to Live

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“Like many people who moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s, I did it because San Francisco was cheap,” Ken Layne writes in a post for the Awl titled “Is San Francisco the Brooklyn to Silicon Valley’s Unbuilt Manhattan?

As completely bizarre as that sentiment sounds to those of us living in San Francisco these days, the world he describes rings true, from Mountain View’s office parks to the Outer Sunset’s peripheral charm.

Mostly, he (perhaps inadvertently) underscores the fact that the Bay Area is its own entity and can’t be neatly mapped onto the concept of New York.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →