Fog, Sight of Strangers Driving Exodus of S.F. Natives, According to Chronicle

One of the cherished traditions of Northern California provincialism is the idea of the Native Son. Californians live in a nice place that has, unsurprisingly, attracted a lot of folks born elsewhere. As a result, they feel isolated, or overwhelmed, or superior.

The fetishization of the native might also stem from a sense of cultural insecurity. To outside observers raised in places with strong cultural legacies — Eastern cities, Northern New England, large swathes of the rural South — Northern Californians' traditions and sense of place can seem bland or contrived.

I'm a fifth-generation Northern Californian. My parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents all lived in San Francisco at some point. I thought I was familiar with most strains of nativist angst. But San Francisco Chronicle columnist Carl Nolte managed to introduce me to a few new ones in a bizarre article published Sunday.

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