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Old April 15th, 2017, 10:48 AM   #2861
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Old April 15th, 2017, 04:37 PM   #2862
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Wow, the skyline really looks alot different to the last time i visited San Francisco in 2015!
I'm excited to say i'm coming back this September and can't wait to see this in person and hopefully to get a few good shots from the Bay Bridge of the skyline.

I'm a bit gutted this won't have a public viewing platform as i would have paid good money to see the views of the city from up there, but you can't have everything.

I'm from near London, and i love New York City... but San Francisco is my favourite US city by far
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Old April 15th, 2017, 04:54 PM   #2863
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What is that tower in the background? A power transmission tower? Radio antenna? I've never noticed it in pics on San Fran before...
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Old April 15th, 2017, 05:07 PM   #2864
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What is that tower in the background? A power transmission tower? Radio antenna? I've never noticed it in pics on San Fran before...
it's pretty hard to miss that, if you were here you're eyes must have been always focused on Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay, cant say as i blame you. Sutro Tower, for radio and TV transmission. If you've only seen pictures of The City then understandable
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Old April 15th, 2017, 05:27 PM   #2865
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What is that tower in the background? A power transmission tower? Radio antenna? I've never noticed it in pics on San Fran before...


that is Sutro Tower , raised almost 44 yrs ago ( at about the same time of the also much fought against " ugly " Transamerica Pyramid ! ) to better broadcast the old school analog TV and FM radio signals over the hilly BayArea terrain ..fairly obsolete for orig purpose today as 90-95% of homes get TV via cable/internet and FM was never really improved as it still cut out with staticky multipath distortion every other block in the City and suburbs ...now more useful for and full of transmission gear for today's microwaves , cell svc , etc

it was battled against for years and is still reviled as an eyesore by most and at 900+ ft tall on top of 900 ft Mount Sutro in the exact ctr of the city , it looms 1800+ ft over everything and looks like a metal sculpture of an 1850s-era clipper ship ( via its topping of three suspension bridge-like masts ) perched atop an asymmetric tri legged monster ...very ghostly esp when that area is ( frequently ) enshrouded by thick fog and only the " shipwreck " portion pokes out ...that mtn also blocks the fog from the much warmer and sunnier " trendy/hip " gentrifying eastern side of town incl the Mission, Mission Bay and Hunters Point/ Naval Shipyards

Touristy and Tourism Office photos ALWAYS aim away from it but in person it is pretty much in your face

here is link to its WIKI incl a close up pic

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutro_Tower

San Franciscans have battled against almost ANY construction that would dare alter their " fragile / precious " gem of a city , warts and all , even someone building their own single family home , for the past ,oh , 70 years or so since build out ...it's part of why real estate is so expensive here !
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Old April 15th, 2017, 06:08 PM   #2866
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I think I would need a couple beers every day after work...
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Old April 15th, 2017, 06:36 PM   #2867
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Sutro Tower has become a very 'San Francisco thing' underground. It's like the black sheep of the family and many people do love black sheeps in some ways. Many young locals find appealing to use it as an item of the city's identity rather than the other touristic well known attractions. You can find shirts, stickers, posters with its image and even tattoos of it.
In my personal opinion, it's an obsolete ugly structure right in the middle of a beautiful City but that's the San Francisco full of contrasts that I love.

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Old April 15th, 2017, 07:23 PM   #2868
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Sutro Tower has become a very 'San Francisco thing' underground. It's like the black sheep of the family and many people do love black sheeps in some ways. Many young locals find appealing to use it as an item of the city's identity rather than the other touristic well known attractions. You can find shirts, stickers, posters with its image and even tattoos of it.
In my personal opinion, it's an obsolete ugly structure right in the middle of a beautiful City but that's the San Francisco full of contrasts that I love.



there it is : a pic of the fog-enshrouded ginormous " shipwrecked ghost ship " , 1800 ft above the ctr of town that I alluded to earlier , visible from all directions and for many here the only time it adds to the city's iconic/dramatic scenes when its three ungainly turkey legs are " skirted " by nature's " feathers " !
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Old April 15th, 2017, 07:24 PM   #2869
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What is that thing they cover the steel beams with and why do they use it for? Fire protection?
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Old April 15th, 2017, 08:16 PM   #2870
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and is still reviled as an eyesore by most
Not really. Some people hate it (especially old folks who were around before it was built) but as someone who was born and raised in SF after it was built, I've always liked it. And i feel like most other people who have ever mentioned it to me, either like it too (it's an unmistakable landmark and symbol if SF, and looks kinda cool), or are indifferent.
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Old April 15th, 2017, 08:20 PM   #2871
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there it is : a pic of the fog-enshrouded ginormous " shipwrecked ghost ship " , 1800 ft above the ctr of town that I alluded to earlier , visible from all directions and for many here the only time it adds to the city's iconic/dramatic scenes when its three ungainly turkey legs are " skirted " by nature's " feathers " !
Thank you gentlemen for your descriptions, I thought that's what it was. It looks like a much larger version of UHF/VHF satellite transmit antennas I used to work on 35 years ago.

Looks much more elegant than the forest of TV and radio antennas on the hills of Manayunk in Philly where I grew up...
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Old April 15th, 2017, 11:12 PM   #2872
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Old April 16th, 2017, 12:57 AM   #2873
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Wow, the skyline really looks alot different to the last time i visited San Francisco in 2015!
I'm excited to say i'm coming back this September and can't wait to see this in person and hopefully to get a few good shots from the Bay Bridge of the skyline.

I'm a bit gutted this won't have a public viewing platform as i would have paid good money to see the views of the city from up there, but you can't have everything.

I'm from near London, and i love New York City... but San Francisco is my favourite US city by far
That is great that you are visiting SF and it is also great that it is your favorite US city. I still don't get why they don't have a observation deck. Most of the major cities in the world have a observation deck in their tallest building. Pisses me off.
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Old April 16th, 2017, 01:01 AM   #2874
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Sutro Tower has become a very 'San Francisco thing' underground. It's like the black sheep of the family and many people do love black sheeps in some ways. Many young locals find appealing to use it as an item of the city's identity rather than the other touristic well known attractions. You can find shirts, stickers, posters with its image and even tattoos of it.
In my personal opinion, it's an obsolete ugly structure right in the middle of a beautiful City but that's the San Francisco full of contrasts that I love.

I think Sutro Tower looks ugly.
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Old April 16th, 2017, 01:10 AM   #2875
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Can't wait to see this completed. Great addition for SF: my favourite city in the US West coast
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What is that thing they cover the steel beams with and why do they use it for? Fire protection?
yes, sprayed on beams for fire protection. Supposedly much improved after what happened inside the World Trade Center on Sept. 11th, 2001
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Old April 16th, 2017, 05:35 AM   #2877
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That is great that you are visiting SF and it is also great that it is your favorite US city. I still don't get why they don't have a observation deck. Most of the major cities in the world have a observation deck in their tallest building. Pisses me off.
Why thank you! The first time i visited the America's Cup was on and i fell in love with the city then, so much so, as the cliche goes 'i left some of my heart in San Francisco' as i always feel home sick when i think about it which is bizarre as i'm English and have never lived there.

As for your point about the observation deck, i 100% agree it is a wasted opportunity. I'm sure tourists and residents alike would pay around $20 to go up and see those city and bay views, in fact, i'd pay more!

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And by the way, Sutro Tower was the tallest structure in San Francisco, tallest than the Trans America Building, until the construction of Salesforce.
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yes, sprayed on beams for fire protection. Supposedly much improved after what happened inside the World Trade Center on Sept. 11th, 2001
Good point.

Images and commentary of said missing fireproofing:

http://www.debunking911.com/fires.htm
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I think I would need a couple beers every day after work...
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