Dian Xiao

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Why I love San Francisco

  1. Our farmer’s markets. It’s cheap, fresh, and the variety year round is amazing.
  2. Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge and riding Hawk Hill in the mornings. I can squeeze rides that are both challenging and scenic before I start the work. It sure beats doing laps in Prospect Park.
  3. I find strip malls depressing.
  4. We have the best recycling technology which means our recycling bundles are clean and well sorted which means they are actually get recycled.
  5. Compost pickup! We end up throwing less trash away because we have residential compost pickup. It’s industrially composted and gets turned to fertilizer.
  6. Progressive laws especially when it comes to the environment. There are plenty of laws that I can’t get behind but overall, we have some of the most progressive governance in the country.
  7. Availability of raw ethnic ingredients. I can get 10 different kinds of za’atar spice at a local Persian grocery that’s a 10 minute walk from my house.
  8. If you don’t feel like cooking, there's an abundance of good food at all price points.
  9. Weather. The weather is seriously wonderful most of the year. Daytime temperatures usually hover around 60 degrees. Good weather makes it even more pleasant to walk and bike places.
  10. I live 15 minutes away from a major international airport that with one connecting flight can take me to so many places. There are also stunning day trips within 2-4 hours driving distance. Having lived here for 8 years, I still feel like I haven’t scratched the surface.