Interesting...Forbes recently named it one of the top 10 best places to live.
For me it's
1. low cost of living
4. can't think of anything else..lol.
We always make those lists. Almost every publication puts us in the top 5 along with Melbourne, Zurich and Vienna, but people that actually live always scratch their heads over it.
People, especially tourists, are blinded by the breathtaking scenery, what with the beaches and ocean and mountains, all right in the downtown core. But upon closer inspection you will find one of the worst homelessness problems in the developed world, open air drug and prostitution market, an entire downtown district that looks like a 3rd world country, gridlock traffic, out of control gang activity, rude, me first people and archaic liquor and live music by-laws.
I guess I'm just a bitter local because it really is stunningly beautiful, great kinda free-spirit culture, lots of parks, very tolerant and a good balance of all 4 seasons.