Columns & Cornices

ggb-from-bv-parkI’m no architect so I’m probably using those terms wrong, but call it poetic license. I think of the uprights on the Golden Gate Bridge as columns through which I pass, each time I head home from an extended absence. And any time I’m home, I make sure to spend at least a fews enjoying the city of SF and its lovely architecture, hills, bays, vistas, people, restaurants, etc. Over lunch at work here in Port au Prince this week, a few of us from different parts of the world talked about what makes a city beautiful to us. The French person among us spoke strictly of architectural beauty; the Canadian and I favored a mix of architecture with what maps call “relief” — hills and valleys, rivers and bays. Thus, for me, SF is pretty much the top among US cities I’ve known: from ocean to bay, with valleys and hills between; girdled by bridge, mountain and water…and blessed with a progressive citizenry who, for example, voted early to tax themselves in order to ensure all residents of the city had access to basic health care — well it’s really a pretty cool city and one I’m currently far prouder to claim than that deeply-purple state in which I was born. At times like this, when an unpredictable and mean-spirited individual will soon inhabit the white house…well, I need to remind myself what’s enduring  and promising about my homeland…city-from-bv-park

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One response

  1. Stephen Brockmann

    Hey Paul, great pictures, as usual! Thanks! I think a lot of us what agree with you that SF is the most beautiful city in the U.S.–at least among major cities. It’s hard to beat its location, and some of the architecture ain’t bad either. Too bad the city is so darn expensive these days. As for world cities, I think my favorite for most beautiful remains Venice (almost entirely for the architecture, but also to some extent for the setting). And there are a few others, of course. But in the U.S., SF probably takes pride of place.

    December 6, 2016 at 12:03

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