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John King: Is Embarcadero the right place for Warriors’ arena?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Now that the power photo-op has been held and Mayor Ed Lee has rushed to call it “my legacy project,” it’s time for the Warriors owners to get real about their dream of building an arena on the Embarcadero at Piers 30-32, the Chronicle’s John King says. The Chron’s urban design critic notes that Joe Lacob and company have yet to hire an architect and that arena images unveiled so far “are as substantial as cotton candy.” He says an arena on “the most spectacular blank slate on the bay” is maybe doable, but:

The pretty pictures don't soften the stark fact that it's difficult to imagine any arena complex on the pier that would relate to today's Embarcadero, a bayside boulevard that embodies San Francisco's unique blend of dense urbanity amid natural splendor.

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