Thursday, December 1, 2011

Photo: By the Bay

San Francisco, on the whole, usually isn't one of those cities that you envision with a forest of skyscrapers; people who aren't from there probably think of the Golden Gate Bridge and the cable cars and that row of houses from the intro to Full House and leave the skyscrapers to New York and Chicago and so on. But they're there, and while the 260-meter Transamerica Pyramid is still the tallest in the city, it's got rivals - rivals like One Rincon Hill's South Tower, something of a misnomer as there is not and may never be a North Tower, one hundred and ninety-five meters and fifty-four stories tall. Not the tallest in the city, but brother, where it is it towers - it's not marking the gradual expansion of the skyscraper frontier, it's in a whole new area.

It's evident in this shot I took of the San Francisco skyline from Dolores Park - that's One Rincon Hill in the middle, next to the towers of the Bay Bridge. Given the way it dwarfs everything around it, I can understand why its construction was controversial.

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