It's no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans:

What else makes this city great?

Christopher Puzio

Live: North Park
Work: Barrio Logan
How Long: 13 years

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Paterson, New Jersey, home to poet William Carlos Williams, who was also my dad’s pediatrician. I grew up in the suburbs and along the Jersey shore. Big Catholic family. Springsteen soundtrack. Still go back twice a year to get my Jersey on.

What brought you to San Diego?
Family mostly. I lived in Boston ten years for school, then Detroit for three before relocating here. San Diego seemed a puzzle to me at first. I tried a lot of things while putting down roots here. I ran an art space for a bit, built a few houses, and was teaching design for several years.

Besides the weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?
I’m active in the art and design community here and know from experience that, if you’re a creative type, San Diego has a perfect balance of professional opportunities and basic functionality. The culture here is very open and accessible once you know your way around, and the diversity of input and output is consistently inspiring. There are a lot of different scenes here and always so much going on. I’ve lived here for thirteen years now, so there is an extensive network of family, friends and professional connections that I rely on everyday to keep my little train on the tracks.The big bonus — when things get too hectic, I can be in the water, the desert or high in mountains within two hours drive.