Living in San Francisco has been an education in the new urbanism. Developers at odds with neighborhoods, residents within neighborhoods at odds with each other, residents at odds with their representatives, and representatives at odds with everyone. All of these dynamics shape our built environment. San Francisco will either embrace growth in an intelligent way, or it will continue its slide into a playpen for the rich.

It is a city with an incredibly colorful past. Through its days as a fort, center of gold wealth, capital market, and regional powerhouse, San Francisco underwent several periods of architecture and development, each leaving its indelible mark upon the collective perception of what this city is. We face an identity crisis, trying to imagine what mark we will leave upon the built landscape. Here is one attempt to imagine the landscape of the future.


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