January 28, 2010
A Few Perspectives On San Francisco’s (Potential) Future Skyline
∙ The 222 Second Street Scoop (For The Second Time) [SocketSite]
∙ From The Shadows They Start To See The Light [SocketSite]
∙ And San Francisco's Transbay Joint Powers Authority Rolls… [SocketSite]
First Published: January 28, 2010 10:45 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
I thought they were done with the Infinity Towers?
Posted by: joh at January 28, 2010 11:22 AM
I dig the future skyline viewed from the south - spikey and vertical - not the congealed lump of a skyline the 500' height limit has engendered. Hopefully it'll actually happen that way - allowing taller buildings but requiring slender profiles.
Being SF, the heights will be negotiated down to 700', the towers will get fatter to pencil out, and the skyline will devolve into just a taller congealed lump.
Posted by: rubber_chicken at January 28, 2010 12:05 PM
I hope that I'll be able to see that skyline before I die.
Posted by: Paul Hwang at January 28, 2010 1:15 PM
What is that; a tornado in the first pic or angry condo gods / bloggers at work?
Posted by: Paul Hwang at January 28, 2010 1:17 PM
"I hope that I'll be able to see that skyline before I die."
Agreed! I love this vision.
Posted by: spitpalm at January 28, 2010 1:25 PM
I hate to rant but how are people going to move around? Muni is cutting back their abysmal service today
BART stations downtown are near capacity at peak hour
Posted by: Zig at January 28, 2010 2:31 PM
Pretty to look at, but where are all the office workers going to come from to fill all those glittering towers, I wonder...
Posted by: Patrick at January 28, 2010 2:45 PM
"Pretty to look at, but where are all the office workers going to come from to fill all those glittering towers, I wonder... "
Hopefully south city, foster city, Mt View and on and on
I for one can't stand working in office parks and from all the god damn private buses running through my hood I am not the only one
Posted by: zig at January 28, 2010 3:03 PM
BART stations downtown are near capacity at peak hour.
It looks like they may be getting more crowded (more revenue for an ailing BART) as casual carpool is about to get the axe. YMMV...
Posted by: EBGuy at January 28, 2010 4:27 PM
"BART stations downtown are near capacity at peak hour"
Embarcadero and Montgomery are the most crowded at peak hours. Powell and HoboUrine Cen...I mean Civic Center, aren't as bad, so maybe some more growth there would be better. It's not so much capacity as much as safely and efficiently getting people in and out of the trains and having enough room on the platform.
In 2050, when BART finally gets around to having 6-door trains (3 per side) and platform screen doors...
But the TransBay Tube is the main bottleneck for further capacity increases. It's in their 40 or 50 year plan to add another one...
Posted by: JimBobJones at January 28, 2010 4:47 PM
hm. while sf has that pesky payroll tax in place you can pretty much bet that companies down on the peninsula won't be in any big hurry to relocate to sf no matter how fancy the buildings.
Posted by: lol at January 28, 2010 6:11 PM
I notice a lot of buildings included in the future skyline that I thought were dead. I am not talking about the second tower at Rincon Hill,which I would call "in a coma", but projects such as 45 Lansing which the last I checked had no pulse. Did I miss reading that they are back on?
Posted by: Morgan at January 28, 2010 8:49 PM
I don't think casual carpool will die. It'll at least be cheaper: $2.50 divided three ways vs $6 alone (or vs a BART ticket, however much that is these days). And drivers will still want to take advantage of the carpool only on-ramps when going eastbound.
Posted by: joh at January 28, 2010 11:56 PM
So... why is there a rendering for a taller Infinity building? Were there ever plans to add a third tower? Or to make one of the existing towers taller (if that's even possible)?
Posted by: joh at January 29, 2010 12:00 AM
I don't think casual carpool will die. It'll at least be cheaper: $2.50 divided three ways vs $6 alone (or vs a BART ticket, however much that is these days).
I just think it will get too weird if money changes hands -- then again, a George Washington (or Sacagawea coin) could become the new unwritten standard. BART is $3.70 from Berkeley to the Embarcadero.
Posted by: EBGuy at January 29, 2010 5:50 PM
45 Lansing land and entitlements are now listed for outright purchase, joint venture, or equity participation. Don't know any lender that will finance this deal, so it's going to take time or a lot of capital to get this project moving. My bet it on time.
Posted by: Justin Goldberg at April 16, 2010 11:30 AM