I have only been to San Francisco once, but I really enjoyed it. It’s dense, it’s vibrant, it’s elegant – which is why it’s sad to see it get destroyed. Check out Streetsblog’s “San Francisco Mayor to NYC: ‘Eat Your Heart Out’.” I can count quite a few problems with that rendering just based on observing form vs. function:
- It’s big. It takes up five blocks. It disrupts the flow of pedestrian traffic for five blocks.
- The park is high up and inaccessible.
- The transit center probably doesn’t need to be in downtown. Stops can be in downtown; transfers can be in downtown; the transit center is redundant.
- If this is a terminal station, it’s a real waste. There’s no need to have a terminal station built in the most expensive part of the city.