Marincello – The City of 30,000 That Almost Got Built Next to Golden Gate Bridge

Marincello is the City That Never Was.

“Marincello was a failed development project in Marin County, California that would have put a metropolis full of homes, apartments, and hotels in a planned community atop the Marin Headlands, overlooking the Golden Gate. Its upheaval set the precedent for Marin County’s rigid anti-development stance and push for open space.”

See lots of large posters like this at SPUR’s new Urban Center at 654 Mission in the SoMA.


It would have been like another Sausalito:


Getting water might have been a problem.

Oh well.

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2 Responses to “Marincello – The City of 30,000 That Almost Got Built Next to Golden Gate Bridge”

  1. DO says:

    The failure of this development and the resultant slow growth policies in Marin is probably a big conti uting factor to the resultant sprawl in the South Bay and the slow movement of the Bay Areas economic center away from San Francisco and towards San Jose.

  2. theo says:

    I doubt it was relevant to the success of the south bay.

    First, the numbers are tiny. 30,000 is 1/20 the population of San Jose. The capacity of GG Bridge is small compared to the capacity of 101 and 280.

    And, Marin has no industrial space to speak of, so it could never have hosted any of the businesses that anchor Silicon Valley.