Madrone and The Radiance

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? With a deeply grateful tip of the hat to Nancy Olmstead and the foundsf website, on which the above picture is based. It might just be me and my particular cerebral shortcomings, but I’ve had a very hard time actually envisioning which parts of Mission Bay are “original” and which parts are infilled.

So I spent a little time in photoshop, and made “original” Mission Bay blue in the above picture. The green parts were present in the original image and represent salt marshes – not quite land, not quite bay. The inland blue shows the various creeks and freshwater bodies of water that were once present in San Francisco (where did you think all that water running of Twin Peaks originally went?)

I’ve also eyeballed in the current locations of both The Madrone and The Radiance at Mission Bay, to give you some idea of where they are being built in relation to the historical shoreline of Mission Bay.

The other thing that caught my eye about this picture was how much of I-280 is built over original Mission Bay. It looks like I-280 stops being a double decker highway and spreads out into a single-height freeway right around where it crosses onto original Mission Bay. I’m curious now if this is no accident, and that for seismic engineering purposes it was built that way? Anyone happen to know anyone that might have the answer to that question?

As always, share your questions, comments, and thoughts about Mission Bay and The Madrone… I’ll do my best to get them answered.

I’m not doing this because I’m concerned about their construction – Bosa seems to have a pretty solid building reputation, but because I think it’s kind of cool and impressive to see just how far out in the bay the buildings are being built.



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