Racheting Up San Francisco's Skyline

<p>Planners and local officials want to see the city's height restrictions lifted and the city's skyline accentuated with new high-rise buildings.</p>
January 5, 2007, 5am PST | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"This city's skyline, with its distinctive Transamerica Pyramid and pastel-colored buildings, juts out on a peninsula like a surfer hanging 10. From above the Golden Gate Bridge, sunset views can be postcard spectacular.

But a growing number of city officials and planners believe the skyline's form, a product of decades-old height restrictions, needs a shot of adrenaline.

"What you're struck by is how flat our skyline is," says Dean Macris, the city's planning director. "So we think it could be visibly enhanced if we had some peaking."

By that, Macris means height, and more height is clearly on the horizon. Last month, developers submitted a proposal to build four connected towers, two of which would be 1,200 feet tall. Only two other buildings in the USA are taller: New York City's Empire State Building and Chicago's Sears Tower."

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Published on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 in USA Today
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