Best Historical Locale - 2001
The Original Shoreline
until 40 blocks of waterfront real estate were created. It formed the fragile basis for the new city's Financial District, and half a century later, in a Gaea's Revenge twist of fate, the old cove was responsible for the great earthquake's greatest damage. (The debris was turned into more landfill in case we ever wanted to build even taller skyscrapers in the same wobbly neighborhood in time for the next Big One.) In any case there's a nice original-shoreline plaque at First and Market, right about where the city used to begin.