There are things everyone struggles with at some point when they’re living in San Francisco. And if you’re a new resident to the city, adjusting to its quirks can be exciting yet daunting. Let’s take a look at a few struggles that we can all relate to in San Francisco.
1. Coping with Small Spaces
The struggle of doing a lot with a little is reality here. With average rents surpassing those in New York, the high cost and low availability of apartments in San Francisco is driving locals to live small.
2. Managing High Rents
If you live in San Francisco, the rents can be absolutely soul-crushing and budget-breaking. Everything in this pricey town can be linked back to the absurd rent prices.
3. Climbing the Steep Hills
They may be beautiful, but walking two blocks on a steep uphill street can be a real struggle. If your navigation says it's only a few blocks away, you might end up walking up a mountain face to get there. No pain, no gain!
4. Avoiding Dog Poo on the Sidewalks
San Francisco's many dogs may be cute, but what they leave behind is a real issue. According to the San Francisco Recreation and Parks department, it is illegal "for any person owning or having control or custody of any dog to permit the animal to defecate upon the public property of this city unless the person immediately remove the feces and properly dispose of it."
5. Adjusting to the Microclimates
When it's hot in the Mission, it may be downright chilly in the Richmond. Even though it's a small city, you always need to have a sweater or jacket handy. There is even an app designed for San Francisco called
that shows a city map with temperatures to expect throughout the day at various locations.
6. Finding Parking
If you drive, you know that parking in San Francisco is a nightmare. With more than 800,000 people on a relatively small piece of land, there aren't nearly enough spots for everyone. Worse yet, there are a surprisingly low number of on-street public parking spaces, and parking on steep hills creates a whole other challenge.
7. Delayed and Slow Public Transportation
San Francisco has all manners of public transportation, from cable cars to buses and trains. However, Bart and Muni are often plagued with frequent delays due to increased traffic, older equipment, and poor maintenance.
8. Getting around Tourists When You’re in a Hurry
Love them or hate them, tourists seem to be in every corner of Fog City. If you're in a hurry or trying to drive around confused tourists, it can cause some major stress.
9. Constant Construction
A growing city economy, booming and overpriced rentals, and increasing tourism all equate to more construction. Unfortunately, San Franciscans have to deal with delays or construction noise more than ever.
10. Standing in Long Lines
If there is one thing people in the city struggle with, it's lines for restaurants, especially if it's a hot new joint or just a place that serves brunch.
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