Contrasts Between San Francisco and Detroit: Let Us Count the Ways.

January 26, 2024, 1:07 PM

The Weiss brothers are Detroit ex-pats. Adam has lived in the Bay Area for nearly 50 years. Dan lives in Washington, D.C.

By Dan Weiss and Adam Weiss

This weekend the Detroit Lions will play the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC championship. The Lions last played in 1991 for the Halas Trophy, which is awarded to the winner of the NFC championship. Meanwhile, the 49ers have played for the title ten times since then, including in three of the last four years. This is a stark difference.

What are other ways to contrast San Francisco with Detroit? And which city comes out ahead?

San Francisco v. Detroit

►49ers play 40 miles south of San Francisco v. Lions play in downtown Detroit

►Played in 7 Super Bowls v. Played in 0 Super Bowls

►Brock Purdy last NFL draft pick v. Jared Goff 1st NFL draft pick

►Jim Harbaugh 49ers coach v. Jim Harbaugh University of Michigan coach

►Sourdough Bread v. Coney Island Hot Dogs

►Ghirardelli Chocolate v. Sanders hot fudge

►Peet's Coffee v. Vernors Ginger Ale

►BART v. People Mover

►Golden Gate Bridge v. Ambassador Bridge

►Bart’s Trans Bay Tube v. Detroit-Windsor Tunnel

►University of California Bears v. University of Michigan Wolverines

►Shoreline Amphitheatre v. Pine Knob Music Theatre

►Telegraph Ave. v. Telegraph Road

►Alcatraz Island v. Belle Isle

►Berkeley v. Berkley

►Napa Valley weekend trip v. Traverse City vacation

►Chinatown v. Greek Town

►Canada: 1500 miles north of San Francisco v. Canada: 1320 feet south of Detroit

►Silicon Valley v. Big Three auto companies

►7.8 million Metro area population v. 4.4 million metro population

►Median annual income of $137,000 v. Median income of $71,000

►San Francisco average house price: $1.2 million v. Detroit average house price: $238,000

►Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) v. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI)

►1967 Summer of Love v. 1967 Detroit Riot

►Grateful Dead v. Motown

►Green Day v. Eminem

►Rolling Stone magazine v. Creem magazine


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