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    Cyburbian ablarc's avatar
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    San Francisco [Broadband Recommended]

    San Francisco is about the size of Boston, and so is its financial district.


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    Two grids come together at Market Street, which leads off from the white, beaux-arts Ferry Building Tower, center foreground.

    By conventional wisdom, if any city should have an organic plan full of curvilinear streets it is San Francisco, with its hilly topography. Examination of a street map, however, shows no evidence of hills; the grid is as regular as Manhattan’s or Philadelphia’s.


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    The grid just clambers straight up and down those hills, magnifying their steepness and necessitating those cable cars. And you’re always sighting downhill to the water. This is the special genius of San Francisco that underlies its pungent character.

    In this aerial from 1931 you can see the grid climb up and down the hills. In the foreground South of Market looks bedraggled, and the working port has begun its decline:


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    San Franciscans have the best health of any Americans, and only residents of body-culture Miami Beach are in better shape. You should see the legs on the girls. Credit the “mistake” the original surveyor made when he ignored the hills.

    Every city should have a mistake as good as this one.
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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
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    Cool aerials!

    That last picture is great. The grid is seemingly relentless. It feels like looking at an aerial of Chicago's westside - Grid, grid, grid, grid, grid, grid, park, school, grid, grid, grid, grid, grid, streetcar commerical strip, grid, grid, grid......you get the idea.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman
    Cool aerials!

    That last picture is great. The grid is seemingly relentless. It feels like looking at an aerial of Chicago's westside - Grid, grid, grid, grid, grid, grid, park, school, grid, grid, grid, grid, grid, streetcar commerical strip, grid, grid, grid......you get the idea.
    Woah! Look at the grid! Look at the density!! Nice!

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    Our recent walk...

    ...along The Embarcadero.













    And you claim I don't take pictures of people (the fruit of my loins).
















    Annoyingly insensitive

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    I liked the intro aerial shot.

    I love architectural diversity.

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