It's Official: the Ferry Building Is a Great Place

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010  |  Updated 10:36 AM PDT
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It's Official: the Ferry Building Is a Great Place

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The Saturday morning farmer's market at the Ferry Building. Photo: Smudgeboy on Flickr

In case you weren't sure, the American Planning Association has alleviated any concerns you may have had with the Ferry Building.

The iconic San Francisco waterfront market has officially been declared a great place by the association on its 10 Great Public Spaces list for 2010.

It may be news to the rest of the country, but locals know all about the fancy -- albeit expensive -- organic food at the Ferry Building, the lovely coffee and of course the spectacular views.

The Ferry Building was at the center of the waterfront revitalization project following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The building, with its iconic clock tower modeled after the Seville Cathedral in Spain, emerged from the ashes of the Embarcadero Freeway, as officials decided to tear that down.

"It blends history and aesthetics with function that is inviting and convenient," Paul Farmer, the APA's CEO, told SF Gate. "City officials, planners and residents are to be commended for everything they've done to bring this building back to life."

Well done indeed.

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