Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Santa Clara, CA

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Old Santa Clara isn’t posh, but it’s solid, with a medium-sized city art museum & a smaller Jesuit college, too; the remnants of the 1777 Spanish colonial mission are incorporated into the Jesuit college campus. Musical groups abound: from opera to symphony, choral groups, even a poetry in song annual concert producing/performance group at the one Episcopal Church. For kids & sensation-seekers, there’s Great America amusement park.

Sent by Bill from Santa Clara, CA

Los Angeles

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

LosAngelesLos Angeles, California is a city where an estimated 20 percent of the year it is cloudy; New York City is a city where an estimated 50 percent of the year it is cloudy. I grew up in sunny Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles is the place I call home, but I am currently staying in an apartment 3,000 miles away from home. The apartment is in New York City, specifically in Greenwich Village.

Los Angeles is the city I love and found everything I ever wanted growing up. I had the opportunity to explore everything. The snow and great mountain resorts were only a five hour drive away and if I drove twenty minutes towards the coast I could spend my day at the beach. In Los Angeles, most of the time, I could wake up to sunshine invading my room. My dog would wake up and greet me with a big wet kiss on the cheek. I then would walk to the window of my home in Los Angeles and look out into my backyard and see the water in my pool gleaming from the sun that is rising. I would walk down the stairs to hear the sizzling of the eggs that are cooking. On Sundays my family and I would usually wake up to a large bag of Western Bagels and we would indulge in the warm bread with cream cheese, but on the weekdays we resort to eggs or bagel leftovers.

The thing about growing up in a place like Los Angeles is that you never feel alone. You always feel like you have someone around the corner whether they are a walk away or even at the grocery store. People are friendly and greet you with a big smile so you feel welcome. Some people might argue that driving is aggravating, but to me driving is time for myself that I enjoy. It is enough time for me to be alone and not to feel alone. It is time for me to gather my thoughts and regroup. In Los Angeles you almost never have to worry about wearing thick jackets or rearranging plans because of the weather. Ultimately I guess what I love most about Los Angeles are the smiles you most often see on everyones faces. You see everyones happy in some way or another and if they are not than one individual can easily change that with just a quick conversation. Los Angeles is my home and where all my friends and family are.

Sent by Sabrina from Los Angeles

Long Beach is My City

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

I am a new CEO launching a dotcom start-up. People frequently ask if we’re going to put down roots in Palo Alto in Silicon Valley. It makes sense. On our last trip to the Bay Area we had dessert with the CFO of eBay, and lunch the following day with a staff from facebook’s incubator. It’s undeniable to ignore the connections that are happening: lunches, coffee, VCs, CEOs, programmers-they’re all there, strategizing, sharing ideas and building the next greatest products that we’ll all be using. But I choose Long Beach.

To catalyze millions of ideas-to be the force multiplier behind people’s work-requires that we foster an environment that encourages innovative and unconventional thinking. To become a revolutionary company, we need to attract the most talented and creative minds in the industry. When I think of creativity and the ingredients that feed innovation, its not linear or predictable but a chaotic blend disparate views and diverse cultures and attitudes. That’s how I see the city of Long Beach.

Of the 65 largest cities in our nation, Long Beach is the most ethnically diverse. We have the largest Cambodian population in the United States. There are nooks tucked here-and-there where one can view art, review books and engage in conversation about every topic imaginable, and a café to satisfy any armchair travelers’ wanderlust, from baba gannouj to tom kha kai, to chicken and waffles. Our music tastes are equally eclectic. We’re the spot for jazz festivals,! rock n roll, Irish jigs, micro-brews and a different kind of humming, grand prix racing.

To me Long Beach is a microcosm of the larger world, and that world is what feeds the imagination. As for neighborhoods, if deep-rooted history is what captures, there are tree-lined streets of Craftsman bungalows and 1927-era Spanish homes. Nothing says modern like a downtown loft with sprawling views of the 372-acre Pacific waterfront. There’s also a tinge of rebelliousness in the city that I find enticing. We’re urban-eclectic, not the rich-and-polished OC, not hip and wealthy like Santa Monica, or dripping in Hollywood glamor like the valley, and I like that. I like walking my dog down the 2-mile parkway, taking language classes at City College and archery on Saturdays. I can Salsa with girlfriends and some day, when I earn my pilots license, I’ll fly my bitty plane out of the Long Beach Airport to Catalina Island. Yes, Palo Alto is dotcom nirvana, but come on, we get 345 days of sunshine per year! Even Silicon Valley can’t top that.

Sent by Alexandra from Long Beach, CA

San Francisco- My kind of town

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

San Francisco- My kind of townI was born in Columbus, OH and lived in a total of 5 States (WA, OH, NY, AZ & CA). I knew as a little kid that Columbus was NOT the place for me personally. It is a nice place to be from and it is a very nice, clean town. It just didn’t have the energy and diversity that I personally needed. It also lacked that real urban feel that I was looking for. In retrospect it is funny that I knew that even when I was young. Anyway, we mov ed to New York and I hit paydirt. I loved everything about the city except the dirtiness (in the late 70’s) but I was willing to deal with that. It had an energy that made me feel alive. I was young and ate the city up. I moved away to the Phoenix area in my mid-twenties (escapism years) and stayed there for 11 years. It was a change from NY. It was new clean, bright and shiny but over time I realized that at my core I was empty. I had good friends but I really missed the energy and culture of an urban city. I left and moved to Southern California. I lived in the LA area and for the most part got the energy, good weather and beautiful geography but it was not NY. I really got tired of the traffic and having to drive great distances to do anything. I sold my possessions and took a job in Seattle. Seattle is probably one of the most esthetically beautiful cities in the U.S, HOWEVER…well let’s just say that this article http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/pacificnw/2005/0213/cover.html can sum up better than I can what I think of Seattle. While I was there I did a lot of soul searching and realized that deep down San Francisco had EVERYTHING that I wanted in a city. I had visited there a few times before and loved the city but I always let family and friends talk me out of moving there because of THEIR fears of the city. I decided I was going to move and did. The only thing I will say is ” I am home and I have exhaled”!

Sent by Cristobal from San Francisco