San Francisco's Skyline is Shaped by "Mediocre Opinion"

Columnist Ken Garcia writes that San Francisco's neighborhood-driven political system has been a more powerful force in shaping the city's skyline than the planning department has.
November 1, 2011, 6am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Garcia says that politics are the reason that the city "...has so few beautiful new buildings and even fewer signature ones."

He quotes an architect that designed a very significant San Francisco tower, who came to the conclusion that San Francisco is a great city "without any great buildings."

"One of the problems with San Francisco - at least architecturally - is that it's a tremendously democratic city," Marc Goldstein told me. "And one of the reasons there's so much mediocre architecture is that there's so much mediocre opinion."

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Published on Monday, October 31, 2011 in The San Francisco Examiner
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