Given the NoCal v. SoCal fight that my World Series post precipitated, I thought I should offer another very apt analogy. This comes via my friend and colleague Ann Carlson:
The bay area is Canada. LA is the U.S. We hardly notice them; they think obsessively about not being us.
I think that that’s right. Moreover, Canada/SF is colder and lower in population than US/LA. Both types of northerners are also at times insufferably smug.
One could finally argue that the northerners more progressive politically, although that’s trickier: for the City of Los Angeles, that holds very weakly, and since San Francisco is a county as well as a city, issues arise there that do not arise in the City of Los Angeles. Your mileage may vary.
That is all.