ChatGPT tells why I’m leaving San Francisco

Mike Cohen
2 min readMar 28

There have been countless articles written in which the author gripes and tells why they’re leaving San Francisco, so I asked ChatGPT (French for “cat I farted”) to write one. Here’s what it wrote:

In recent years, San Francisco has become known for its high cost of living and increasingly competitive job market, and many residents are feeling the strain. One individual, who has asked to remain anonymous, has decided to leave the city after several years of calling it home.

According to the individual, the decision to leave San Francisco was a difficult one, but ultimately came down to a few key factors. First and foremost, the cost of living had simply become too high. Rent prices in San Francisco have skyrocketed in recent years, and even with a good job, it can be a struggle to make ends meet.

Additionally, the individual cited the changing character of the city as a contributing factor. San Francisco has seen an influx of wealthy tech workers in recent years, which has led to a gentrification of many neighborhoods and a shift in the city’s culture. The individual felt that this change had made it difficult to connect with the city in the same way as before.

Finally, the individual cited the ongoing issues with homelessness and crime in San Francisco as a factor in their decision to leave. While these issues are not unique to San Francisco, they have become increasingly pronounced in recent years, and the individual felt that they could no longer ignore them.

Overall, while the individual acknowledged that San Francisco has many positive qualities, they ultimately felt that the city was no longer the right fit for them. As they move on to new opportunities and experiences, they will always remember the city with fondness, but also with a sense of sadness at what it has become.

NOTE: I’m not actually leaving San Francisco


Mike Cohen

iOS developer, theater geek, history nerd. Former Bionic Panda. I love San Francisco.