View of Panhandle Park from Top of Twin Peak

Most people would not thik of San Francisco as a simple grid city, but it is. Every building occups a lot on a block. Most buildings except those in downtown are short and they don’t overlap with each other. When there is a curve, the rectangular grid bends around it. For the population that it supports (~17,179/sq mile, brooklyn is ~10,000/sq mile, wikipedia), the traffic sytem seems to be working pretty well in this gridded city.

Most college graduates today also agree that we like to live in that kind of environment in San Francisco. Minus the beach, national park and a couple other fancy landscape, is it possible that we build cities more like San Francisco than say Hong Kong or New York?

twin peak, san francisco – 4:59pm, Jan 28, 2012

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