Monday, July 27, 2009

Giving SF The Finger


P1030565, originally uploaded by deanv41.

The building dominating the center of this shot is an anomaly, a planning accident that should never have slipped through. Had the economy not stalled so dramatically, it may have been repaired in the skyline by junior towers near it designed to complete the "mound" effect city planners intended. Instead, we are left with a rogue tooth, a finger next to The Bay Bridge that so completely unbalances the San Francisco skyline that penalties should apply. It is also a hard sell. The neighborhood that didn't sprout around it as dreamed clashes with the "luxury" designation of its offerings. Lonely, competing with the fury of traffic on the bridge. As awe-inspiring as The City so often is, we are reminded that not all experiments work; the Fillmore Redevelopment District, the San Francisco Public Library main branch, the Embarcadero Freeway, and now One Rincon Tower, the latest middle finger in the face of our aspiring city in the midst of hard times.

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