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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