Are You A True San Franciscan, Or A Pretender?

SFGate.com posed this question the other day, and it’s a darn good one. If you were native born, but no longer live here, can you call yourself a San Franciscan? If you moved here three years ago, can you call yourself a San Franciscan? What if you moved here ten years ago?

Turns out there are no correct answers, but according to writer Michelle Robertson, City dwellers love to debate it regardless. She posted the question “When can you call yourself a San Franciscan?” on the Facebook group San Francisco Remembered, and got more than 940 comments in 24 hours.

At the end of the article Michelle quotes legendary Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, who wrote: “If I do go to heaven, I’m going to do what every San Franciscan does who goes to heaven. He looks around and says, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.'”

If this quote sounds about right, you can go ahead and call yourself a San Franciscan.

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