Conor Dougherty, reporting for the NYT:
Google owns or leases about 7.3 million square feet of office
space in Mountain View — roughly equivalent to three Empire State
Buildings. That includes most of the property around its
headquarters on the north side of the city near Highway 101, which
cuts the length of the valley, according to Transwestern, a
commercial real estate brokerage.
“Three Empire State Buildings” really puts their holdings in scale. For comparison, Apple’s new spaceship campus will have about 3.5 million square feet of office space.
Mountain View, about 40 miles south of San Francisco, has close to
80,000 people; with its strip-mall thoroughfares and streets of
single-family homes, it looks like a sleepy suburb. But since
hiring has boomed, the city’s roads swell with commuters during
the morning and evening rush.
The Times used a brief video instead of a still photo to illustrate rush hour traffic in the area. A great idea that works very well.
★ Wednesday, 25 February 2015