Have I told you guys before about how the best part of my day is frequently reading Leah Garchik’s column in the Chron?

Well, it is. I don’t care how that might make me sound to you guys!

Today her column included an overheard quote I’ve been mulling all day. I shall reproduce it below:

“The East Bay is the new San Francisco.”

California College of the Arts freshman talking on a cell phone from porch in Berkeley, overheard by Suzan Ormandy

Does this unnamed student have a point, or is this just art student bullshit?

What does this even mean?

I won’t speculate, as to preserve the integrity of the poll (ha!) but urge your intrepetations in the comments.

Sorry RSS readers! This post probably looks crazy to you! It’s because there’s a poll that you can’t see.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Haze Valet

    “This is the new that” is the most annoying phrase of 2010. Some art student trying to be hip calling the “East Bay” hip is even more annoying. It would make more sense if she said: “West Oakland is pulling a lot of the young artist types out of the Mission as gentrification pushes the yuppies down from the hill, creating a young vibrant artistic community a la Williamsburg in Brooklyn.” But she is obviously just an annoying art student who thought studying graphic design would be better for her artistic expression than a Humanities or Math degree… oops. Enjoy the tuition costs…

  • Greg Dewar

    if by “San Francisco” you mean “the San Francisco of 20 years ago when rents weren’t so flippin’ high and there were some jobs and you could be all artistic and not need a pile of dotcom stock pre 2000 or a trust fund to do such, and not have everyone get their NIMBY on because they are paying too much for real estate and ooh look crime and it’s kinda nice but kinda not but hey its cheap,” then yes, the “east bay” is the “new sf.”

    however as someone who used to commute to the east bay for work, there’s nothing wrong with it, but if you think Muni is bad, ooh just try out AC Transit sometime….

  • toniomaran

    The comment is meaningless due to it’s lack of specificity (and I simply cannot read Garchick).

  • toniomaran

    The comment is meaningless due to it’s lack of specificity (and I simply cannot read Garchick).