How come the French can create a beautiful bridge – while the Bay Area gets ugly crap?

France's new Millau bridge

Tower by Donald MacDonald Architects - How ugly can you get? -

Caltran’s new plan – while not as ugly as MacDonald's tower, it is not very inspiring.

Come See Our Hideous Slab - As the world swoons over France's soaring beauty of a bridge, S.F. gets slapped with an eyesore, SF Cron, December 17, 2004

Why wouldn't something like the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (St. Petersburg, Florida and Bradenton, Florida) work in the bay?