This is the Left Coast—America’s most liberal city—and that identity drives it to the forefront of progressive culture. This is the heart of California cuisine, with its local, organic ingredients, seasoned by the Asian, Mediterranean, and Latin flavors of the city’s biggest immigrant groups. This is the center of green architecture and inclusive, socially-conscious city planning. This is the nucleus of radical art, poetry, and music, and the mecca of gay and lesbian lifestyle and culture. The people—painters, geeks, visionaries, surfers—are young and talented, tech-savvy and unpretentious, informal and informed. Like those who sought peace and love in 1967, and those who built the dot-com world in 1997, they have come here to be a part of the movement. This is San Francisco: physically and figuratively the leading edge of the nation.