- May 25, 2006
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They didn't have to. Traffic would have been fine without a tunnel and just a boulevard.
Funny, I've been having the exact opposite reaction. When I'd visited 15 and 10 years ago, I loved it. When I've been back there within the past couple of years, I'm growing to dislike it more and more. Seaport-like corporate-boring architecture multiplied across multiple dozens of buildings, incredible traffic, poor public transit (though this is obviously under construction and improving), overpriced hipster food, astronomical gentrification and housing prices. Their best architecture, IMO, is the older stuff (with a few exceptions). The entire area around the Amazon HQ looks like it came out of a 3D printer that machine-learned what the 50th-percentile 25-year-old-brogrammer seeks in a neighborhood.Every time I visit Seattle I fall more in love with it. If it wasn't such a pain in the ass to move across the country I'd do it in a heartbeat.
I agree 100%. I was lucky enough to live there for about 6 months for my school back in the Marines and I absolutely loved it. It kind of felt like if Boston had been built in Maine in a way. The dreary weather Im sure can get old but they also dont get pounded with snow the way we do. It blew my mind though how we have Humpback whales and they have friggin killer whales, thats about as badass as it gets. Also the old growth trees as wide as a house and the volcano off in the distance over the tree tops is jaw droppingly beautiful.Every time I visit Seattle I fall more in love with it. If it wasn't such a pain in the ass to move across the country I'd do it in a heartbeat.
Hopefully the New State Street HQ will be our "F5"“F5”, 5th and Columbia, Seattle. What a beautiful tower. Its like a perfect blending of the Scalpel in London and 181 freemont in San Francisco. Two great towers on their own, apparently one great tower together. It looks like a render at dusk, Im jealous... we need one! Or one similar.
The726, Yimbyforums, Seattle
Maybe not 50 years but to be brutally honest, the new stuff being put up in SF in terms of creativeness is at a significant higher level than Boston, part of this does have to due to the height restriction limiting developers in Boston the flexibility to decide how much profit they are willing to give up to create something iconic but the other part is that the local architects here that built the city of Boston appear to be incredibly conservative in the design, either because they lack innovation or they are content with being "good enough," the latter of which may have to do to the fact the city has a track record of picking favorites, and as a result, the favorites feel like they don't need to make any effort to stand above their competitors.
This is stupid even for trolling. SF was unusually lightly hit by white flight, if Boston was competitive 50 years ago it far exceeds SF now due to experiencing a much larger bounceback.