It would be difficult to overstate San Francisco’s importance in U.S. and global events today. As home to Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area plays host to some of the most central technological and economic activity of the 21st century so far, and cultural influence has both preceded and followed this development. It is no exaggeration to say that this activity, and by extension San Francisco itself, defines our era.
With most of the big names in tech, web, and new media development based in the Bay Area, (including Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, Intel, eBay, Adobe, Lockheed Martin, Netflix, Oracle, Yahoo!, and so on), Silicon Valley has also become the prime place for technology start-ups to make their names. The best minds in tech flock here, work here, gain experience here, and many eventually have a go at starting their own new companies here.
That said, San Francisco is not all search engine metrics, computer chips, and handheld devices. It’s also a beautiful, iconic American city, home to many sites of legend, including Alcatraz, the island prison that once housed some of America’s most notorious criminals; the Golden Gate Bridge; and, of course, the extensive, restaurant-dotted Bay Area waterfront.
The area also has a unique, tumultuous history, characterized by dynamism and rapid change. Beginning with indigenous settlement thousands of years ago, settlements grew with Spanish and Mexican development over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. Then came U.S. dominance and the gold and silver rushes in the 1840s. These resource attractions evolved into a significant center of finance leading into the 20th century which would later help San Francisco weather the Great Depression with resilience. Alcatraz, a former military fort, came into use as a maximum security prison, housing Al Capone in the 1930s.
In the 1950s and 1960s, San Francisco became the thriving center of hippie culture, especially in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. This progressive tradition has thrived in many forms through to the present day, with Berkeley and Silicon Valley each serving as sources of well-known streams of influential liberal thought and funds.
San Francisco’s technological, cultural, and financial innovations have made it one of the world’s most important cities, and a highly desirable, well-sought-after place of residence. Year-round temperate weather and beautiful surroundings help, too, to make it a first-class destination not only for high-end residents but for visitors, as well. World-class art museums such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and California Palace of the Legion of Honor hold contemporary and traditional North American and world art in architecturally significant settings. The San Francisco Zoo offers a look at wonders of the natural world, as do magnificent, nearby state parks. A plethora of upscale area bars, breweries, wineries and vineyards, performance venues, and the cutting edge of American and international cuisine round out some incredible attractions. All of these elements contribute to San Francisco’s strong reputation for exceptional livability.
Vine Vera San Francisco is located in the city’s famous Chinatown district, on Grant Avenue. This neighborhood helped create what we know as Asian-American cuisine, with some of the earliest large-scale East Asian immigration. Today, it’s a trendy, continually evolving shopping district offering the absolute best in high-end retail.