With discussion swirling about the future of downtown’s Navy Pier, I headed out today to take some photos.

The adjacent USS Midway Museum is proposing new development for the pier involving a parking structure, a park, an amphitheater and giant sculptures shaped like sails on the end.

I figured many people have never actually been out on Navy Pier, so I stood at the edge and shot photos all around.

Afterward, I stitched them together as an interactive panorama using some free online software. Take a look at what it looks like now:

I’m a photojournalist at voiceofsandiego.org. You can contact me directly at sam.hodgson@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5664.

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    Written by Sam Hodgson

    Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at samhodgsonphoto@gmail.com and check out his work on his website: http://www.samhodgsonphotography.com/singles.

    14 comments
    Patricia Vainik
    Patricia Vainik subscriber

    I understand that Sam is one of the "disappeared" from VOSD staff. What a shame. These photos illustrate why a good photographer is an elemental issue for any news organization. I grieve.

    peevee44
    peevee44

    I understand that Sam is one of the "disappeared" from VOSD staff. What a shame. These photos illustrate why a good photographer is an elemental issue for any news organization. I grieve.

    Paul Girard
    Paul Girard subscribermember

    If you stood where you did after the wings were built, you would get the same views, except you wouldn't be able to see downtown through the performance venue. If you look south from the Broadway pier, you see the Midway and you would still see the Midway after their plan is built. If you look north from the G St. Mole, you see the Midway, same-o, same-o. If you look west from the foot of Navy pier today you see North Island. After the wings, you would see wings. It doesn't seem like many views are blocked, just the one from that very location.

    FriendOfArtsTix
    FriendOfArtsTix

    If you stood where you did after the wings were built, you would get the same views, except you wouldn't be able to see downtown through the performance venue. If you look south from the Broadway pier, you see the Midway and you would still see the Midway after their plan is built. If you look north from the G St. Mole, you see the Midway, same-o, same-o. If you look west from the foot of Navy pier today you see North Island. After the wings, you would see wings. It doesn't seem like many views are blocked, just the one from that very location.

    susanf
    susanf subscribermember

    thank you, Sam and VOSD. great pictures, which illustrate beautifully why the "wings" are the wrong idea for this site. something with a much lower profile would be a good starting point.

    susanf
    susanf

    thank you, Sam and VOSD. great pictures, which illustrate beautifully why the "wings" are the wrong idea for this site. something with a much lower profile would be a good starting point.

    BossPac
    BossPac

    This is fantastic, how can I download it?

    Wayne Shipman
    Wayne Shipman subscriber

    This is fantastic, how can I download it?

    Ian Trowbridge
    Ian Trowbridge subscribermember

    Actually Charles the naysayers got you a public park on Lane field at the foot of Broadway and the Navy property to the north. But maybe you like the South embarcadero where the shoreline is already walled off.

    iantrowbridge
    iantrowbridge

    Actually Charles the naysayers got you a public park on Lane field at the foot of Broadway and the Navy property to the north. But maybe you like the South embarcadero where the shoreline is already walled off.

    Charles Rickman
    Charles Rickman subscribermember

    Every Icon in the world, blocked some view of something. The question is does the benefit of an Icon, like the Sails in this case, outweigh the lose of a view from somewhere. I think in this case it does. If the nay sayers get their way, nothing ever will be built again.

    tellmewhy
    tellmewhy

    Every Icon in the world, blocked some view of something. The question is does the benefit of an Icon, like the Sails in this case, outweigh the lose of a view from somewhere. I think in this case it does. If the nay sayers get their way, nothing ever will be built again.

    Ian Trowbridge
    Ian Trowbridge subscribermember

    Now image on the sunset photo a 500ft structure. Where did the sun go?

    iantrowbridge
    iantrowbridge

    Now image on the sunset photo a 500ft structure. Where did the sun go?

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