Reflecting on San Francisco
Francisco is truly a privileged city. Small by American standards – just 45 square
miles; Los Angeles has about ten times that area – at the tip of a long peninsula,
surrounded by water on three sides and hills to the south, San Francisco enjoys
a commanding entrance to a magnificent protected bay that in turn gives access,
far inland, to the north, south, and east, to a remarkably fertile hinterland and, in
the mid-1800s, to the most precious of metals at the foothills of the Sierra range.
The climate is salubrious (though spoiled natives would hardly agree), and there