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January 9, 2013 1:37 PM Subscribe
Is San Francisco The Brooklyn To Silicon Valley's Unbuilt Manhattan?
posted by Apocryphon (134 comments total)
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Much has been said about how San Francisco should build up and become a new Manhattan. (Previously
.) Similarly, much has been said about the utterly boring suburban sprawl that is Silicon Valley. (At least in San Jose.
) The Awl
's Ken Layne points out that there's a lot of underdeveloped land in between that isn't exactly virgin wilderness- and suggests making more out of it: an entire metropolis, in fact. Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic Cities
mentions that Redwood City is the neighborhood of the future
"...Silicon Valley is a dull and ugly landscape of low-rise stucco office parks and immense traffic-clogged boulevards. The fancy restaurants are in strip malls, like you'd find in Arizona or something. There is nothing to do, nowhere to go. Massive arcologies
like the new Apple campus are where the tech giants are headed, but until there are living urban neighborhoods connecting these monstrosities, anyone with hopes for a life outside of work will pay a ridiculous premium to live in San Francisco and spend two hours of every day sitting on a bus.
Meanwhile, the areas around and in between the tech giants of Silicon Valley are mostly ready to be razed and rebuilt. There are miles and miles of half-empty retail space, hideous 1970s' two-story apartment complexes, most of it lacking the basic human infrastructure of public transportation, playgrounds, bicycle and running and walking paths, outdoor cafes and blocks loaded with bars and late-night restaurants. This
is where the new metropolis must be built, in this unloved but sunny valley."