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Vincent van Gogh sold one painting in his lifetime. The Bureau of Reclamation tried to dam the Grand Canyon. Which is to say that concepts of beauty change. The bridge design that Jacob is commenting on is not the latest proposal which I think is rather striking when seen from below and afar (I know I don't pay much attention to bridge structure when traveling 55mph). It also includes covered, substantial bicycle and pedestrian ways with overlooks facing east, which would definitely make it a destination. As someone who crosses the bridge by bicycle about once a month, it is spectacular despite the narrow sidewalks and traffic noise.
There are severe vertical constraints--high enough to allow ocean-going ships to pass underneath and low enough not to get in the way of airplanes from the airfield in Vancouver--that make many bridge designs, like the St Johns, unusable. Again, I think that we should be considering how the bridge appears from Hayden Island, the River and the Vancouver riverside which does allow for pleasing form of pier and arch even with a flat top.
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