Plans for the yachting event, America's Cup, in 2013 are still being negotiated, but will surely turn attention to the big picture along the entire waterfront rather than piecemeal, decades-long projects. Momentum seems to be moving away from siting a major cruise ship terminal near Pier 39 in favor of Pier 70 south of the Bay Bridge by Dogpatch. The size of liners today does pose a huge edifice, a skyscraper on the Bay in fact, eclipsing Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower; admittedly, a huge impact. There's talk, too, of resume more ferry service around the Bay which could help better stitch the wider Bay Area to The City.
I snapped this self portrait along the piers just north of the Ferry Building along The Promenade, an improved boardwalk that runs through and around piers away from the busy roadway. It's a lovely, quiet walkway with well-kept flower baskets, benches and new restaurants.
The Ferry Building, fully repurposed as a gourmet marketplace in 2003, anchors the San Francisco waterfront revival. With so many enormous piers beyond it yet to be rehabilitated and the dearth of activity on the opposite side of the roadway, there's still a lot of room for rehab & improvements on San Francisco's Waterfront to make it a more dynamic destination worthy of the city behind it.