On the burgeoning New York skyline in 1910, Ezra Pound wrote "Here is our poetry, for we have pulled the stars down to our will." Echoes of both Futurism, and the coming of Fascism, can be heard here, but that's not the point here. Buildings are, however. Skyscrapers represented the new dynamism of New York as the new Rome. Something similar could be said about the San Francisco skyline now, with mighty tech competing with Wall Street for international recognition as the "real" center of power in the US, and worldwide. On the NY skyline Henry James wrote: "Skyscrapers are the last word of economic ingenuity only till another word is written. The consciousness of the finite, the menaced, the essentially invented state twinkles in the thousand glassy eyes of the giants of the mere market." Giants of the mere market that have now overtaken SF. But for now the market is more than mere as the stock markets climb ever upwards. It would seem that Pound has triumphed, and that James' fears are fangless. The Salesforce Tower is an example - the gleaming phallic master of the downtown, a symbol of the magic marriage of big data, consumerism and sales. No longer the death of a salesman, rather his rebirth with glasses, pipedrain trousers, coding, posing as a nerd.