Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sense in San Francisco

"If only reason would prevail in San Francisco and there were no need to make it at all," I wrote of The Bridge, a 2006 documentary about the "suicide magnet" that is the Golden Gate Bridge. (The film, which is worth seeking out on DVD or on cable if you stomach the despair, was inspired by this 2003 New Yorker article.) I am happy to report that after years of debate a plan has been worked out to place stainless-steel netting beneath the structure. Since 1937, 2,000 people have jumped from the bridge, an invariably fatal plunge (19 have jumped this year). In cash-strapped times the $50 million price is steep, but its value is I think immeasurable. (A still from the film is pictured.)

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