SF Skyline Getting Big Upgrade

Proposed buildings will be second-tallest in US
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2007 6:40 PM CDT
The Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, California is currently the city's tallest building.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – San Francisco officials are cementing deals to build a pair of skyscrapers that would challenge New York's 1,250-foot Empire State Building as the US' second tallest, Bloomberg reports. The city has selected a plan for a slender, 1,200-plus-foot obelisk to be built in the Market financial district, with a like-size complex of connected towers planned across the street.

Though Mayor Gavin Newsom holds that it is "imperative" for Frisco to remain competitive in the worldwide building-height arms race, fans of the city's mellow character worry about "Manhattanization" and the dangers posed by the area's frequent earthquakes. Although ambitious, the buildings would not challenge Chicago's Sears tower as the US' tallest at 1,451 feet.