The Chron has released five proposed designs for a prospective suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge; each design demands between $40 and $50 million in funds that, according to the bridge commission, "we" simply do not have. Hovering at a minimum of 8 and maximum 12 feet over the existing rail, each design (save for one, which involves netting) posits steel bars as a means of keeping would-be jumpers from scaling the rail. Throughout the 70-plus year public debate over the merits of a suicide barrier, preservationists have consistently blocked the project which will change (gasp!) the bridge's appearance. On your mark, Peskin & Pals— here's another cause célèbre for the docket.
· Judging the bridge's 5 suicide barrier designs [SF Gate]
· Advocates Call Golden Gate Bridge a "Loaded Gun" [Curbed SF]
· Cheaper, Kinder, More Beautiful, Cheaper [Curbed SF]
[All renderings courtesy the Golden Gate Bridge Commission courtesy the Chron; click on each rendering for spes.]