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Why do you hear so much about the Golden Gate Bridge but little about the Bay Bridge in comparison?

After reading that the Golden Gate bridge is "celebrating" its 75th anniversary, I did a little research about it and started wondering why it's so popular? In comparison, you don't hear much about the Bay Bridge (which was built only 6 months before Golden Gate) or the San Rafael Bridge both connecting San Francisco to the surrounding area.

Asked By: Mr. Incredible - 5/21/2012
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The Richmond - San Rafael Bridge is a typical industrial era bridge. While it is long, it isn't really aesthetically pleasing. The Bay Bridge's profile will certainly get a boost when the new eastern span is completed in 2013. The new sleek, illuminated tower has already won praise from design critics. And the bike... More
Answered By: SFdude - 5/21/2012
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The Golden Gate bridge has become somewhat of a landmark, and I believe it's more historically popular because it's by the Presidio. Tourists walk on it and whatnot as where the bay bridge is used more frequently by commuters from East Bay
Answered By: Stella - 5/22/2012
 
GG Bridge is a beautiful to look at. It has walking and biking access. It really doesn't have a bad angle to take a picture of it. It opens up to the Pacific Ocean as opposed to calmer Bay waters. The other two bridges you mention are not as pleasing to look at as they have a more functional/industrial look. The... More
Answered By: ChoDuffield - 5/22/2012
 
Try not to think of it as a local looking at crossing a big river. For international travelers arriving by ship (the only way to get to America for centuries) the Golden Gate is the first thing they see. It is the West coast counter part to the statue of Liberty.
Answered By: Light Knight - 5/22/2012
 
because the GG bridge is beautiful and was once the longest suspension bridge in the world. the bay bridge is just a bridge with lights on it lol.
Answered By: Kyle M - 5/23/2012
 
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