・On being original | Om Malik
The core of San Francisco might be changing, but sometimes when the fog kisses the ground, the dusk adds a pinkish hue to the evening and the chill in the air makes you hug your coat a little tighter, you know this is still the city that stole Tony Bennett’s heart. It is still the place that Sam Spade called home. As I walked down the Embarcadero earlier this evening, the majesty of the San Francisco Bay and the shadow play on the horizon between Fog and fading light made me realize how wonderfully unique and original San Francisco can be.
As my walk along the Embarcadero came to an end, I could see the outlines of a lot of new buildings sprouting up, unoriginal in design, uninspired, and only there to take away from the originality of San Francisco’s skyline. They lack the dare-do of the Pyramid Building. They are just towers of glass and steel, lacking permanence and presence. Unfortunately the San Francisco of tomorrow, might be less magical than its past, because there isn’t anyone who is daring enough to be original in shaping its cityscape.