I grew up in Los Angeles. I love the city and defend it whenever people attack it as a plastic hybrid of a metropolis. I became an adult in the Bay Area. San Francisco in 2005 created a dream of a lifestyle. I discovered the "real world" in New York, where I worked my tushie off in grad school and working.
I've done some traveling recently and have had the chance to further meditate about each city. I play an internal game lately â€” figuring out what relatives a city would be if I were to anthropomorphize them.
If San Francisco is a nurturing mother -
then New York is a strict father -
and Los Angeles is a bastard child.
Under the circumstances that caused me to visit Boston (an artificial intelligence conference), I came to the conclusion that Boston is your dweeb cousin.
Each have their merits. While the strict father that is New York can be soul sucking at times, it builds character. And while the nurturing mother of San Francisco pampers you - it gives the opportunity to find yourself (in that hippie-dippie way). Hanging out in LA might be strange and feel a little isolated, but just like a Wes Anderson movie, you learn something along the way that would be impossible to discover in any other situation.
These relationships are not set in stone. They fluctuate depending on the organizing analogy. In other words. The above only holds IF we imagine SF as a nurturing mother.
If San Francisco is a drunk uncle -
then New York is a distant cold father -
Los Angeles is your bitch step-mother -
and Miami is your cousin who struck it rich and retired early.
I also like to find analogies between neighborhoods.
For example: The Hollywood strip's closely relative is Times Square in New York.
Venice beach in LA is, without a doubt, the younger and warmer brother of Coney Island.
Berkeley in the Bay Area is cousins with Morning Side Heights in New York.
And the Western Addition in SF is akin to Carol Gardens in Brooklyn.
Meanwhile: Williamsburg Brooklyn and the Mission District in SF are twins.
I don't know all the Broowaha cities or neighborhoods. So I invite you to continue the analogies to your own neighborhood.
WORLD - AN EDGE IN MY VOICE
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A Family Dinner with Cities
If cities were people - imagine a family dinner between Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
Copyright © 2010 Digidave
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