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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Kelly Quinn

Today the San Francisco skyline is changing rapidly. New High rise condos are popping up everywhere in the city because of the need for residential homes, because of the lack of space this city has. Particularly, the Soma district (South of Market) is the epicenter for all of these new condos. But what effect do these new condos effect or change the neighborhood?
It wasn't recently until I read Jane Jacobs book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" and listening to a talk by Kelly Quinn, an assistant professor of American studies at Miami University, that San Francisco is in a struggle right now to keep it's identity, while trying to provide a need to the public.
San Francisco is a city that also values public art, and many pieces can be seen all over the city. Also back in the 70's the people of San Francisco stopped the City from expanding the downtown sky rise into the residential neighborhoods. It is clear people need space for affordable housing, but at what price will neighborhood pay, if there are no social areas around these high risies where these people can interact?
Hopefully with the influx of people into the Soma district, it will attract more businesses to come into the area creating more social interactions on the streets. Also, the city should think about creating a park or some public space where all these residents can interact instead of being locked up in their high rise condos.
I think it will be interesting to see what becomes of the SOMA district in the next few years, especially with more high rise condos being constructed.

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