*San Diego, located on the pacific coast, is the 8th largest city in the United States. It is home to 1.4 million people.
A large proportion of its population is migrants from other states and cities, who come here to study or work. San Diego is said to be the birthplace of California, as European explorers first discovered San Diego.
If you are planning to move to San Diego, you must gather information about it, to make sure that you already know about the place. In this article, we will be discussing the pros and cons of San Diego.
Pros of San Diego:
San Diego has a very pleasant climate. The summers are not too hot and humid, it is dry and warm in summers. Rainy showers occur in San Diego maximum for 2 weeks. Like summers, winters are not too cold here, it gets a bit cold in the evening, and that is also bearable.
San Diego is home to some of the best schools. 5 public schools of San Diego have made it to the list of top 30 schools in California. It also has the second-largest school in California. The elite schools in San Diego captivate a large number of students, and they move to California to pursue their higher studies. Moreover, San Diego can boast of the fact that a high percentage of people here are Bachelor’s degree holders.
San Diego has a high employment rate. You can find the maximum number of employees working in- Tourism industry, technical field, scientific or professional field, etc. The University of California and health care companies are said to be the best employers in the city. Science managers, Chief executives, etc have got the title of best jobs in San Diego.
- Home-like and friendly environment
San Diego is an amazing place to live in and it is good for families as well. So if you have a family, you can move to San Diego along with them. There are plenty of places where you can go along with your family: the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, Balboa Children’s Park, Children’s Museum, you can go to the beaches where you can sit and read a good article or enjoy with your family and friends, etc.
- The crime rate in San Diego
You would be surprised to know that the criminal rate of San Diego is very low. The security system here sets an example of security systems in other cities. It is considered to be one of the safest cities to live in California.
- Food and Craft Beer
Since San Diego is located near Mexico, you can find a variety of Mexican dishes in San Diego. Along with this, at almost every corner of the city, you can find a place for amazing deals on food. The city has some astounding restaurants where you can dine in the evenings. San Diego is also known as America’s Craft beer capital. It has a large number of craft beer producers. Several breweries are ranked as the best breweries in the world. Craft beer attracts a large number of visitors to San Diego, and events like Beer week occur at regular intervals.
- Leisure time activities
There are plenty of things that you can do in your leisure time in San Diego. Events are organized here every week so you can enjoy the outdoors. San Diego has so many places where you can go and witness the culture of California. Also, you can go hiking and biking in San Diego in the mountains, beaches, and desert areas. Beach parties are among other events that you can enjoy here. Other destinations to spend your leisure time- Torrey Pines Hiking Trail and Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.
Now as we have become familiar with the pros of moving to San Diego, let’s discuss the cons:
Cons of moving to San Diego
- Cost of living
San Diego is a very expensive city and it’s not affordable for all. The main factor behind the high cost of living in San Diego is the prices of houses. For instance, you may have to pay around $200 for a single room apartment. Apart from this, buying a house in San Diego might want you to shed approximately $800,000. Therefore, living in San Diego does cost a fortune.
Other factors that contribute to the high cost of living transportation expenses, grocery, etc, that have been on a constant rise for the last few years. However, you would be surprised to know that health care facilities are cheaper than the rest of America.
The high cost of living has contributed to the high poverty rates in San Diego. The poverty rate prevailing in San Diego is almost 13-14%. A large proportion of people living below the poverty line is constituted by the youth, the percentage of youth below the poverty line is almost 10-12% of the total population below the poverty line.
Public transportation is not fully developed like other metropolitan cities. Because of this reason, the maximum people in San Diego prefer to travel in their own car, which is the main reason behind the traffic conditions in San Diego. A large number of tourists in San Diego in summers make the traffic condition even worse.
If you are fond of sports then you need to think twice before moving to San Diego as it does not offer many sports activities. Till now, San Diego has had only one official and professional sports team- The San Diego Padres. They are located at the Petco Park, in downtown San Diego. This a stadium adjoining many restaurants and bars, many activities and events are organized in this system.
Finding a space to park your car can be a real struggle in San Diego since maximum households own cars. If you are living in the city, the situation can be worse as you may even be asked to pay a price for parking your car. You might wish to travel in public transport but for that, you need to spare at least 2 hours, where you can reach your destination within 30 minutes if you travel by car. The situation gets worse in summers when a large number of tourists travel to San Diego.
These ‘White Savior’ Videos and Photos are Why Comic Relief Will No Longer Send Celebrities To Africa (Watch)
*The UK charity Comic Relief, founded in 1985 in response to famine in Ethiopia, says it will stop sending celebrities to Africa for fundraising appeals due to recent criticism.
Celebs including singer Ed Sheeran, have been branded “white saviors” for making videos in poverty-stricken villages. Sheeran’s trip to Liberia in 2017 for the organization was called “offensive and stereotypical.”
TV host Stacey Dooley was also criticized over pictures of her holding a young boy in Uganda last year were labelled “tired and unhelpful stereotypes” by Labour MP David Lammy. “The world does not need any more white saviors,” he was quoted as saying, adding that picture conjured “a colonial image of a white, beautiful heroine holding a black child, with no agency, no parents in sight.”
Comic Relief founders Lenny Henry and Richard Curtis have both since suggested that the organization will move away from its traditional approach of celebrity-fronted campaign films towards a local approach using filmmakers from Africa to make more authentic pieces.
The Grand Canyon Experience
*Traveling to the Grand Canyon just for a photo op, without actually hiking the trails, is like opening a bag of chips to eat just one then throwing away the rest. It’s like baking a sweet potato pie just to eat a fork full then throwing away the rest. It just shouldn’t happen!
This year I chose to make the Grand Canyon one of my vacation travel destinations for the physical challenge of its hiking trails, surrounding outdoor activities, the ease of getting a flight there and – last, but not least – the majestic beauty of it all.
In a virus-rich world it helps to choose outdoor activities with plenty of space where there is less crowding! Always up for new adventures, I’ve committed to at least one major hike every year for the rest of my life. Or at least as long as I’m physically able. The last thing I want is to have to be rescued off the side of a mountain in the middle of a national forest – by a donkey. That’s how they do it, in case you didn’t know. I’ve seen it. It’s not attractive. Even when I’m hiking I want to keep up appearances. But I digress.
I prefer beach destinations as my go-to vacation spot. But there I was standing at the top of the Grand Canyon south rim waiting to start my hike with a paid tour guide.
I’m no shrinking violet who needs to be led around by the hand on a hike. But this was just my second official hike; the first one being to the top of Half Dome at Yosemite National Park last year.
It took my hiking partner and I eleven hours traversing that mountain. It was dark by the time we found our way back to the car. So this year when the fear of contracting COVID caused him to forego our planned Grand Canyon trip I decided to go alone.
I was scheduled to meet my hiking tour guide at 7am. I was there. He wasn’t. No cell phone reception kept me from calling the tour office to inquire about the mix-up. So I started the 6-hour hike alone. I was determined to have a great experience and be back in my hotel room before nightfall.
Hiking in the canyon is different than in a national park: First you hike down into the canyon. Then you hike up and out of the canyon. It takes twice as long to hike up. So if you start early enough in the day you won’t get caught in the dark.
I was less than half way into the hike down into the canyon when I observed a man wearing tour guide paraphernalia talking tour guide lingo leading a group…on a tour. Turns out this was my group. They had left without me.
Shane, the tour guide claimed he wasn’t aware I had signed up for the tour, therefore he thought all participants were there. Turns out there was a second Steffanie – different spelling – on the tour that day. It’s a detail the guide overlooked. So they left without me. At least that was the story he told me.
I joined the tour for the remainder of the hike. I made up for lost time by asking the guide plenty of questions while following at his heels. Shane assured me my fee would be refunded because of the mix-up. Still, I made him work double-duty as my photographer.
A woman fell to her death a few weeks before my visit while – of all things – trying to snap photos. I wasn’t trying to go out like that!
Two hundred miles separate the south rim in Arizona from the west rim near Las Vegas. And just to confirm that, I took a white water rafting tour along the Colorado River that runs through it! IMG_3155 (1)
When we weren’t riding through rapids getting water splashed in our faces with the force of five water log rides, we stopped to swim in the river, eat on beach landings and we even hiked to a hidden waterfall. A couple on the excursion with me also got engaged!
It was my first time river rafting experience, but it won’t be my last!
If you’re contemplating a vacation put the Grand Canyon at the top of your list. But if you go promise me you won’t just snap photos from the rim, but you’ll hike to the bottom and swim in the river too!
Steffanie Rivers is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Email her at [email protected] with your comments, questions and speaking inquiries. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TCBStef.
Revolt Announces New Social Justice Documentary ‘From Pain to Power’ (Trailer)
*REVOLT is behind a new captivating documentary that takes a close look at the passionate struggle for social equality happening today, and the robust grassroots efforts propelling the movement forward. “From Pain to Power: A REVOLT Special” will premiere on Monday, Oct. 26.
“From Pain to Power: A REVOLT Special” spotlights the fight for social justice, starting at the March on Washington and spreading to the streets of Kentucky, Atlanta, and beyond. The film features intimate interviews with some of the most well-known celebrities and activists at the forefront of the social justice battle including Tip”T.I.” Harris, Tamika Mallory, Mysonne, Ben Crump, Drumma Boy, Shabazz the OG, Dr. Frank Smith, Ms. Opal Lee, Linda Sarsour, Bridgett Floyd, Lonita Baker, Angela Williams, and Mothers of the Movement: Kadiatou Diallo, Thelma Pannell-Dantzler, Sybrina Fulton, Wanda Johnson, Maria Hamilton, Gwenn Carr, and Tamika Palmer.
“Our resilience as Black people in America after centuries of oppression is nothing short of remarkable,” says activist Tamika Mallory. “We need to continue to archive our brilliance, our power and yes, even our pain, and REVOLT TV is the platform for our full stories.”
“We are honored that REVOLT saw that this is a critical moment in African American and civil rights history, and with T.I. leading the charge, this should be shown to the world,” says Steve Raze and Mac Mills, executive producers and CEOs of AGA Agency.
“After months of mass protests in the streets demanding social justice – and now a presidential election just weeks away – it’s obvious that we’re at a historic crossroads where systemic change is not only possible, but critically necessary,” says Detavio Samuels, Chief Operating Office at REVOLT. “From Pain to Power not only documents this moment in time, but charts our next steps forward. We couldn’t be any prouder to premiere this program on REVOLT.”
Watch the trailer above.
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