In all honesty I envy people who can regard the city that way. Growing up, it was just that place we went if we were going to the airport or field trip at school. So it kind of feels like home. Which means, it kind of feels like a place I want to escape sometimes even though the majority of my friends from college adore it.
I haven't ventured to the West Coast yet (sadly) but the city that has made me feel closest to that way has been Orlando. Yeah...judging myself right now.
Yeah Orlando is like that for me, kinda meh. Too many tourists, everything is overpriced and watered down. The nightlife is decent and Disney world is cool.