[Guest Post by Vivian Aldridge in San Francisco] I work downtown in San Francisco. I must say the Financial District has to be one of the most dynamic places. The city never sleeps and almost every block seems to be under construction day or night. If you look hard you can find historic gems like this skinny building located at 130 Bush Street. Interestingly, this building was initially built as a necktie, belt, and suspender factory.
Next door, preparations are being made for yet another tower. Soon this view will no longer exist. The era of brick buildings and windows that actually open is coming to an end. With towers so high we will not be able to see the blue sky unless we crane our necks and look straight up.
As an urban sketcher I truly feel blessed that I am able to cultivate a sense of wonder and I am able to see and share vestiges of the past with others. Sometimes it is really heart-wrenching to see things change so fast but I feel better for having captured them. The old and the new make for an interesting juxtaposition.
Vivian Aldridge is an instructional designer at Golden Gate University. During her free time she is an urban sketcher. You can see more of sketches of San Francisco here on flickr or you can read a piece about here in an article in Golden Gate University's magazine.