Related link: http://www.goldengatebridge.org/
As a resident of San Francisco, I see the Golden Gate Bridge a few times a week. Sometimes I see it peeking out from behind the Presidio when driving north. If I’m lucky, I see from a window seat on an airplane departing from the San Francisco airport on a clear day. The bridge is an icon for the city, and is famous throughout the world. What I didn’t realize is that, at least according to The New Yorker, it is “the world’s leading suicide location.” For the most part, it’s not readily apparent, though there is a stark reminder at every call box along the bridge:
I guess I hadn’t realized quite how (in)famous the bridge was. Metroactive says that a death has happened, on average, once every two weeks since the bridge opened in the 1930s. I wasn’t aware of the magnitude because the media stopped reporting on suicides in the 1990s, before I moved to the area.