My global travels often set me to thinking about B'game. Call it homesickness perhaps. I made the latest post about noise at SFO while I was in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago. Tonight I am wrapping up a week in San Diego which is my second visit in six weeks. I found a great restaurant in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego during the last visit and I just took a party of 25 back there tonight (sounding a bit like Bruce Dickinson, I know).
What struck me about the evening was not the restaurant, good as it was. Ocean Beach ( "OB" ) is every bit as desirable as B'game. Arguably it is more desirable since it is on the beach, but it is also 20 minutes out of downtown San Diego (like B'game), filled with cute bungalows that cost $1.4M+ (like B'game) and in a region that is growing via the 3rd wave Internet boom, biotech and the like (like B'game).
So why are there no ugly, Hong Kong-style glass block offices, chain stores, or McMansions encroaching on the ambiance of OB? Why are there local restaurants, clubs that actually host live bands, and antique stores and other local businesses apparently surviving just fine? Do they have smarter City Council members who take the "long view" as espoused by Linda Lees Dwyer on this post? Are their citizens and voters more engaged than B'game voters? Do they have higher IQs? Better General Plans? I'm puzzled. OB feels like Old Burlingame, yet it survives in 2015. Why is that and what can we do about it?