San Francisco is calling me … home?

So the other day, Webb and I were having a conversation on top of Nob Hill about San Francisco. He has subsequently posted it to his website and Michael Sippey in turn has posted it to his (good post). While looking out across this city of massive structures, hills and trees we suddenly realised that San Francisco looks like one massive game of Sim City. Or more plausibly that Sim City was clearly based upon San Francisco. The structures are so familiar – the way the hills and the roads intersect is so similar. I wonder if that’s why it all seems so comfortable and familiar? Are we responding so positively to San Francisco because it feels like what we think cities are supposed to be like? If so, why on earth do all the Americans we meet seem so desperate to get out of here?