Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

A 26-Story History of San Francisco

Alexis Madrigal, the Atlantic:

There’s a sense, perhaps, that this latest round of young people to inhabit the shell of the city are somehow not of it, that these tech kids don’t appreciate the the city like the artists and weirdos do. And therefore they don’t deserve it. 

I’m suspicious of those who would exclude the latest wave of arrivals, no matter how boorish or inelegant or rich, especially in San Francisco, a place that has historically been defined by greed and relentless desire for self-creation.

This is the story of 140 New Montgomery, but the building is also a way of thinking about the history and future of the city.