John King’s list of seven San Francisco architecture myths and misconceptions:

1. This is a liberal city where anything goes
2. Everything new looks old
3. San Franciscans hate everything new
4. Big-name outsiders have all the fun
5. Affordable housing = dull design
6. By law, all new towers must be clad in glass
7. San Franciscans hate the Transamerica Pyramid

And of course, his reality.
S.F. architecture myths debunked [SFGate]

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Rincon Hill Billy

    tru dat!
    [Editor’s Note: Rincon Hill Billy’s comment was in reposonse to our original post which simply highlighted myth number one (“this is a liberal city where anything goes”) and provided John King’s reality:

    True in terms of sidewalk etiquette, lifestyle choices and the placement of tattoos – but not when planning a neighborhood or getting a building approved. Everyone in this city of 800,000 represents an interest group or wants the final say, from the Board of Supervisors to the neighbor down the block simmering with resentment at every change to the landscape since he or she arrived in 1968. And even someone with five lip piercings will swoon at the sight of a restored Victorian.


  2. Posted by REpornaddict

    How about
    8. Anything built in SF only goes up in value?

  3. Posted by yao

    these are myths? seems pretty true to me. i hate the transamerica pyramid. we need a real iconic building. too bad the SOM proposal for the transbay terminal wasn’t selected.

  4. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    The Transamerica is not iconic ? You’ve got to be kidding. I see it showing up almost as frequently as the GG bridge in whimsical drawings of SF. You know, the kind that always plunk the Eiffel tower in Paris, the Taj Mahal in India (even though it isn’t in a big city), and Seattles’ space needle.
    The Transamerica is probably one of the USA’s most recognizable buildings.

  5. Posted by anoanon

    “The moral of the story: One generation’s eyesore may be the next generation’s icon.”
    I think it’s safe to say One Rincon will not be the next generations icon….

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