Notice that the tall buildings have been kept away from the waterfront going way back before the Loma Prieta Earthquake.
Part of a photo as seen at a local McDonalds:
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So just as the long-gone Embarcadero Freeway (see it?) is connected with the Bridge-to-Nowhere, Big Dig Central Subway, the “wired” 8 Washington project is connected with the Chinatown voting stencils effort recently exerted to elect Accidental Mayor Ed Lee.
On it goes.