I first moved to the Bay Area (which is about 40 miles away from San Francisco) when I was about 2 or 3 years. After living in a couple of different places, my family moved back into that area in 1987. It was not a pleasant move to say the least. Anyway, I bring this up because those who know me have the impression that I despise the Bay Area and San Francisco because of having to move there the way I did, and I just want to clear things up right now: I DON'T HATE THE BAY AREA, AND I CERTAINLY DON'T HATE SAN FRANCISCO!!! Even if I did, this part of California was significant in my development to becoming an adult who never gets paid enough.
San Francisco is a great city (albeit a very expensive one) to tour around or even live in. I have taken many acting classes over various summers there, and it made for some of the best times I had as a kid even as I worried that I would be in the city at the worst possible time (in other words, during an earthquake). Many I know who have been deeply affected by the earthquakes (or who endlessly fear about the "Big One") end up moving to Los Angeles. This, however, is incredibly stupid because the earthquakes down south are just as bad. The motto of this state should really be unstable but sunny California. Then again, you can take the perspective of longtime San Francisco resident Robin Williams:
"If there ever is an earthquake in San Francisco, it's just God's way of saying GET THOSE CONDOMINIUMS OFF MY BACK!"
Some of my favorite movies of the past were filmed in San Francisco, and I would love to see more of them filmed there if at all possible. In fact, some of the movie locations featured in them make me seriously think about maybe moving back there someday. I don't care if these same locations changed significantly since these movies were filmed, you may very well find me living at them at some point.