The LA/SF grudge match reminds me of Atlanta’s own ITP/OTP divide. Then again, LA kinda likes to sabre-rattle at everybody else in CA. I only point this out for the benefit of everyone back east to show that there is a stark cultural difference between cities, and not one encompassing “California Couture”.
Our deal with San Francisco and the greater Bay Area was never about feeling inferior. Far from it. They sneered at us, but we never bothered to sneer back. San Francisco always seemed so pretty and walkable – even as its residents looked down on us as “fake” or “stupid,” we still thought of their city as a breezy weekend getaway.
But the Bay Area has such a superiority complex that it’s been blinded to the reality of what Los Angeles is really about – and, lately, to just how far San Francisco has moved from its own professed values.