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Here's another question: why is the architecture in San Francisco so awful? I would take cruddy brick over hideous paneling any day.

What architecture are you speaking of? Wood buildings like the very common Victorians? I don't know what you mean by "hideous paneling," but of the many places I've lived, San Francisco has the most beautiful/interesting architecture. I grew up in a brick house on the east coast, and I find that sort of architecture drab comparatively.

Oh, no. I'm talking about stuff that's been built over the last 1 or 2 decades. Mainly, the disgusting loft buildings in SOMA and all the larger, paneled residential buildings.

It looks cheap because it is cheap. Developers have no civic pride and just want their investment to pay out ASAP.

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