The Concourse then and now
|The Concourse now: no parking|
|The Concourse in 1944|
It's hard to imagine now, but building a parking garage under the Concourse in Golden Gate Park was controversial ten years ago (see this and this).
As the 1944 picture shows, there used to be 200 parking spaces on the Concourse itself. The Concourse was no longer a parking lot after 1998's Proposition J authorized the construction of the 800-space underground garage---completely invisible from the Concourse itself---eliminating those 200 parking spaces from the surface.
Once the decision was made to locate the new de Young Museum and the Academy of Sciences on the Concourse, the garage made perfect sense, and it has been an inconspicuous success ever since.
Guess who opposed the garage? Yes, of course, the city's bike people, including Leah Shahum and the Bicycle Coalition.
Thanks to Curbed.