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55 Photos That Show Why People Choose to Call the Bay Area Home

Olivia Allen-Price | May 23, 2014  KQED
Spotted near the Golden Gate: A couple enjoying the view. (Olivia Allen-Price/KQED)

Spotted near the Golden Gate: A couple enjoying the view. (Olivia Allen-Price/KQED)

Two weeks ago we posed a question to KQED readers: Why do you stay in the Bay Area?

We’ve reported regularly on rising housing costs, displacement and shifting communities as part of our Priced Out series. Headlines like, “Saying Goodbye to the Myth of San Francisco,” and “What Do You Give Up To Live in the Bay Area?” could send lots of us packing. But millions of people stay in the Bay Area despite these issues, and tens of thousands more are expected to move here in coming years.

Over the past two weeks we’ve heard a range of reasons people choose to call this place home, including the food, landscape, art and culture. We’ve heard about family histories, the strong bonds of friendship and the diverse communities that make this place feel like home. Along the way, you’ve shared beautiful images of the Bay Area on Instagram, using the hashtag #WhyIStay.

Public media stations across the country also took part in the #WhyIStay project. Find gorgeous photos from our partner stations on the #WhyIStay Tumblr or this really neat interactive map.

Below you’ll find 55 of our favorite Bay Area images shared on the hashtag. Though our project ends today, we hope you’ll continue the discussion about what makes the Bay Area great, or if you’ve got your eyes on the exit, what could be changed to keep you here.

Why do you stay in the Bay Area?

Members of the KQED community share what keeps them in the Bay Area, or what motivates them to leave using the #whyistay hashtag. Share your reason on Instagram or Twitter!

 
  1. #howsfseessf #whyistay
    GERARDSF
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    11 DAYS AGO
     
     
  2. #Regram via @kqednews: --- We're a day away from the end of our #whyIstayproject. What keeps you in the Bay Area? Go through your Instagram feed and comment on your favorite Bay Area photos with the #whyIstay hashtag. Be sure to include what about the photo illustrates why you stay here. For example, the active yoga community, pictured above. Some of our favorite photos will be featured in a KQED blog post tomorrow, and on the websites of NPR stations across the country! (@oallenprice/KQED) #sfigers #instamood#yoga #sanfrancisco #bayarea #oakland #sanjose #instagood #howsfseessf
    KQED
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    11 DAYS AGO
     
     
  3. You never know what's around the corner. #whyIstay #sf
    LISA PICKOFF-WHITE
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    14 DAYS AGO
     
     
  4. #whyistay City Hall has it's own font! #howsfseessf
    GERARDSF
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    15 DAYS AGO
     
     
  5. What do you love about the Bay Area? @oallenprice loves that even in the middle of a big city like San Francisco, you find a vista that's all yours. Share what keeps you here, or what is making you want to go with the #whyistayhashtag. Include the city you're from since it's a nationwide project @kqednewsis doing with other public media stations! (@oallenprice/KQED) #goldengate#ggb #goldengatebridge #sanfrancisco #sf #marin
    KQEDNEWS
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    16 DAYS AGO
     
     
  6. #howsfseessf #whyistay
    GERARDSF
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    16 DAYS AGO
     
     
  7. Why do you stay in the Bay Area? For some, its a vibrant art scene. Over the week, NPR member stations around the country are exploring what keeps people in place and what motivates them to move. Participate by posting a photo of something that makes you stay or go along with a caption explaining it and the hashtag #WhyIStay. We’ll feature our favorites here and at KQED.org. Be sure to mention which Bay Area city you live in. (Gabriel Boys/KQED)#whyistay #sf #sfigers #howsfseessf#npr #music #bayarea
    KQEDNEWS
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    16 DAYS AGO
     
     
  8. Crissy Field #goldengate #wentforawalk #citybythebay #sanfrancisco#mysanfrancisco #sunset
    ARIASHA
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    19 DAYS AGO
     
     
  9. Summers in the house....! #exploresf sorry for the repost.
    MELISSA ARGUE
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    20 DAYS AGO
     
     
  10. #grandviewpark #howsfseessf #sanfrancisco
    ELLY BENSON
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    21 DAYS AGO
     
     
  11. #grandviewpark #howsfseessf #sanfrancisco
    ELLY BENSON
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    21 DAYS AGO
     
     
  12. #WhyIStay #sanfrancisco
    A_BROWNSFO
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    21 DAYS AGO
     
     
  13. Windy by the Pacific today
    KEVIN COOKE
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    23 DAYS AGO
     
     
  14. Because this is the view on the walk home.
    SARAH F.
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    23 DAYS AGO
     
     
  15. For days that begin--and end--in parks. #whyistay
    SARAH F.
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    23 DAYS AGO
     
     
  16. High, high hills and city views. #whyistay
    SARAH F.
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    23 DAYS AGO
     
     
  17. Lafayette Park is at its most glorious right now. #whyistay
    SARAH F.
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    23 DAYS AGO
     
     
  18. San Francisco is packed full of beautiful architecture and vibrant colors, and those are some reasons #whyistay.
    SARAH F.
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    23 DAYS AGO
     
     
  19. #whyistay #sanfrancisco #sf #angelisland #sunshine #flowers #nature #bay#water #beauty #home #hiking #ig_worldpics #naturelovers #plants #sailing#sailboats
    KILLAH POOPFACE
    ·
    A MONTH AGO
     
     
  20. I guess it all depends.. on Oakland..
    MELISSA ARGUE
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    A MONTH AGO
     
     
  21. #alamosquare
    ELLY BENSON
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    A MONTH AGO
     
     
  22. #mounttam #marin
    ELLY BENSON
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    A MONTH AGO
     
     
  23. #shellridge #walnutcreek
    ELLY BENSON
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    A MONTH AGO
     
     
  24. #bernalheights #howsfseessf
    ELLY BENSON
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    A MONTH AGO
     
     
  25. I don't like seeing the sunrise on work days.
    MELISSA ARGUE
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    3 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  26. As we hiked the bluff, we came across this .. some type of memorial for someone. I imagined that maybe ashes were recently scattered.
    MELISSA ARGUE
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    4 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  27. LISA PICKOFF-WHITE
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    4 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  28. Another tourist photo.
    DANIA W. FRINK
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    6 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  29. Acting like a tourist in my hood.
    DANIA W. FRINK
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    6 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  30. Mt Tam #latergram
    LISA PICKOFF-WHITE
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    6 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  31. ELLY BENSON
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    6 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  32. #sunsets and #bonfires
    DANIA W. FRINK
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    7 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  33. California steals my heart yet again.
    KSTEERE428
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    8 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  34. One more photo before I head home. Ain't nothing like a California sunset! ❤️
    DANIA W. FRINK
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    8 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  35. My office for the day
    DANIA W. FRINK
    ·
    8 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  36. #SanFrancisco #SF #SFbay #GoldenGate #GoldeGateBridge #Bridge#SanFranciscoBay #water #blue #SFigers
    DANIA W. FRINK
    ·
    8 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  37. DANIA W. FRINK
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    8 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  38. A barely visible Coach Frink
    DANIA W. FRINK
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    8 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  39. #sanfrancisco #howsfseessf
    ELLY BENSON
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    9 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  40. #san francisco
    MONTEREYJIM
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    9 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  41. #sanfrancisco #castro
    ELLY BENSON
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    11 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  42. #whyistay #sanfrancisco #sf #angelisland #sunshine #flowers #nature #bay#water #beauty #home #hiking #ig_worldpics #naturelovers #plants #sailing#sailboats
    KILLAH POOPFACE
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    A MONTH AGO
     
     
  43. #howsfseessf #whyistay
    GERARDSF
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    16 DAYS AGO
     
     
  44. #sanfrancisco
    ELLY BENSON
    ·
    11 MONTHS AGO
     
     
  45. #sanfrancisco
    ELLY BENSON
    ·
    A YEAR AGO
     
     
  46. On the school yard at #eastoakland Pride Elementary #School. #raiders#raidernation #silverandblack #oakland
    DANIA W. FRINK
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    A YEAR AGO
     
     
  47. #perfect day for a #picnic
    KSTEERE428
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    A YEAR AGO
     
     
  48. #dolorespark
    ELLY BENSON
    ·
    A YEAR AGO
     
     
  49. ELLY BENSON
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    A YEAR AGO
     
     
  50. ELLY BENSON
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    A YEAR AGO
     
     
  51. #bakerbeach
    ELLY BENSON
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    A YEAR AGO
     
     
  52. #howsfseessf
    ELLY BENSON
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    2 YEARS AGO
     
     
  53. #Oakland ❤
    DANIA W. FRINK
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    2 YEARS AGO
     
     

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