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View Poll Results: Height,Density, Shapes, Color-What do you think of San Francisco's skyline?
10 277 30.04%
9.5 81 8.79%
9.0 197 21.37%
8.5 78 8.46%
8.0 81 8.79%
7.5 23 2.49%
7.0 33 3.58%
6.5 9 0.98%
6.0 12 1.30%
5.5 9 0.98%
5.0 22 2.39%
4.5 8 0.87%
4.0 14 1.52%
3.5 18 1.95%
below 3.5 60 6.51%
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Old May 4th, 2004, 07:00 PM   #41
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One of the best skylines in the world.
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Old May 4th, 2004, 07:45 PM   #42
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It's one of my favourite scrapers. 9/10 for San Frans.
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 03:25 PM   #43
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It's such a beautiful city and great skyline

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Old July 27th, 2004, 10:04 AM   #44
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One of the best skylines + amazing city = 9.5
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Old July 27th, 2004, 12:38 PM   #45
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SF.....9 average..!!

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Old August 10th, 2004, 04:43 AM   #46
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9.0...for the obnoxiously great setting and the JP Morgan Chase building.
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Old August 12th, 2004, 08:44 AM   #47
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S.F is one amazing city. one of my favorite skylines ever! 9/10
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Old November 10th, 2004, 12:04 PM   #48
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Old November 11th, 2004, 03:33 AM   #49
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Hi bay_area, for some reason I couldn't open your piccies but I've got a good memory and some great photos of your lovely town.

Mate, I give it 9! It's got interesting shapes, amazing geography, great scope, height and the in my books the most important element in a great city...CHARACTER!

You listed the population as 811 000. I'm comfortable with that. SF seems like a big city in the CBD, but once out of it, not very big, without urban sprwal, with little high density housing like LA.....plus you've got some geographical boundaries such as the bay, ocean, hills and National Parks............so where the heck do you get another 6.7 million in the metro/burbs. Do you count Oakland? Don't know what it's pop. is but its only a fraction of SF. Do you count Marin County and stretching it to the towns of San Jose to the South or Sonoma to the North which are both about an hour away? Even if you do I still can't see where all those 7.5 million buggers live.

7.5 million is like our Melbourne and Sydney blended together.....huge!

Just help an ignorant ol' Aussie out here and explain to me...how?

apart from that old boy you've got one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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Unlike other metro in the United States, the San Francisco Bay Area Metro is not dominated by one big city. The San Francisco Bay Area has three major cities, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. San Jose is the biggest of the three by land and population with more than 1,000,000+. San Francisco second with a population of 700,000+. Oakland last with a population of 400,000+. All three cities work with each other, San Jose, the capital of the Silicon Valley, Oakland, with the Port of Oakland, and S.F., the financial & culture center. The San Francisco Bay Area is not named after San Francisco, the city; it’s actually named after the San Francisco Bay, which is the body of water. Look for a San Francisco Bay Area map and you’ll see what I mean. You mentioned the hills as boundaries for sprawl, I think of the as hills that blocks your view of the sprawl. There’s an endless sprawl in the east, but you have to get over the hills before you get there.
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Old November 19th, 2004, 09:24 PM   #50
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^ clarification: SF city proper has a population of about 750,000 in 2003. the port city of Oakland across the bay has about 400,000, not 100,000. San Jose, the heart of silicon valley, is the largest city in the bay area with over 900,000. the official CMSA of the greater bay area is over 7 million, although the continuous urban development that rings the immediate bay is more like 6 million.

notice the white built-up areas ringing the bay in this satellite image - this is what is defined as the SF bay area:

in this image, you can clearly see how natural barriers like water, hills, and mountains determine the shape of urban development.
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Old November 19th, 2004, 09:35 PM   #51
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san francisco's skyline can be stunning and a bit disappointing at the same time. the assets are obvious - a famous landmark skyscraper, impressive bulk/density, near perfect layout, and gorgeous setting. but given the city's ludicrously **** approach to zoning and planning, the financial district has more or less become a plateau of buildings between 400-600 ft. despite the two dominant towers poking through the rest, the skyline looks somewhat stunted. many buildings are bland in appearance but fortunately i think there are few buildings that look tacky. the highrise architecture is pretty simple and subdued. with all the new condo developments in rincon hill and the new transbay area proposal the skyline will improve drastically, but we won't see results for another 10-15 years.

the best view of the skyline is from the south looking north on potrero hill, as you get the most complete panoramic view of the skyline facing dead on. i will post pictures soon.
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Old November 23rd, 2004, 04:17 AM   #52
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Classic. Chicago, SF, and NY are the American players.
9/10 for the setting, skyscrapers, bridges, and the dirtier sections of the city.

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Old November 23rd, 2004, 08:32 PM   #53
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9/10 for dirtier sections of the city?

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Old November 27th, 2004, 07:50 AM   #54
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WOW!! I came late to this thread. Most pics are down. But the aerial view of Downtown is unbelievable. Also like the satellite pic. 9/10
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Old November 27th, 2004, 10:43 AM   #55
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SF has an impressive mix of buildings. How can you not love the Pyramid??? Only complaint is a lot of the buildings are too boxy. Even though earthquake potential keeps the overall heights down SF is a beautiful city and ranks as on the world's most beautiful. The views from Mission Delores Park (sw about 2 miles) are the best!
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Old November 27th, 2004, 10:53 PM   #56
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Old November 28th, 2004, 09:54 AM   #57
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^ Has every going for it... beautiful setting & a skyline that matches the area. 9.5/10
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Old November 29th, 2004, 05:19 AM   #58
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SF has an impressive mix of buildings. How can you not love the Pyramid??? Only complaint is a lot of the buildings are too boxy. Even though earthquake potential keeps the overall heights down SF is a beautiful city and ranks as on the world's most beautiful. The views from Mission Delores Park (sw about 2 miles) are the best!


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Old November 29th, 2004, 05:27 AM   #59
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some more pics i took recently:








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Old December 9th, 2004, 03:00 PM   #60
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8.5/10--I have a soft spot for SF--love that city.

San Fran's skyline is a little low, but for a skyline of that size, its density is remarkable. The density is most stunning at street level. Plus, the hilly topography creates some very unique views of the skyline. I'd love to see it get a few more post-modern buildings in there as well. But overall, SF is such a tight city, it more than makes up for these minor flaws in its skyline.
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