The economic boom has brought a surge in construction projects to San Francisco — particularly in the city’s emerging Mid-Market neighborhood.
But not everyone is pleased with what they’re seeing built.
“We are at the corner of what I consider the most atrocious buildings in the entire city,” says Dave Taylor, who has lived in the city for more than 20 years. “This corridor of shame that I call Van Ness and Market is just a spectacular example of failed urban planning.”
Taylor works as a media services technician — “I play with toys that gather light and sound” — and describes himself as “a very opinionated closet architect.”
He did not hold back as we walked down Market Street from 11th to Eighth, pointing out the buildings that most offended him.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/190627247″ params=”color=ff5500″ width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
There’s 1455 Market: “A glorified parking structure with windows.”
Across the street: “We won’t even talk about Fox Plaza. We won’t even go there.”
And then, the brand-new NEMA apartments: “This gigantic black prison complex.” ….