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Let’s not kid ourselves here—San Diego is a city of drifters. 

Sure, we’ll occasionally run into that rare unicorn who was born and raised here, but if we’re meeting someone for the first time, it’s likely they moved here from somewhere else. It makes sense, really. In addition to being right next to an international border, there’s also the fact that we’ve historically been a military town. There’s also the steady stream of non-locals who move here seeking the California Dream (whatever that is). 

Some of those people move back home after a while or move on to other cities, but for those of us who stay, it’s worth analyzing the things that keep us here. Many of the reasons why we really stay here, despite the high cost of living, aren’t the typical things like sunshine and beaches, but rather the everyday things we often take for granted. The favorite dish at the neighborhood restaurant. The nature hike that’s off the beaten path. The delicious beer that’s only available at the local bar. 

In honor of our 15th anniversary, we asked some of our regular contributors to give us 15 reasons, in no particular order, why they choose to live and remain in San Diego. Sure, the beaches and sunshine are great, but if these lists are any indication, it’s the little things that make all the difference. We like to think that readers will keep this issue around, perhaps circling some of the items they want to check out for themselves. We’d also love for readers to send us their own lists of reasons why they love San Diego. But most of all, we hope that our little weekly paper is one of those reasons.

—Seth Combs

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