Thursday, June 26, 2014

San Francisco 100 years ago

Scott and Hayes, 1917

Check out some wonderful pictures of old San Francisco digitized by the SFMTA

Thanks to Bold Italic for the link.

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At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful. its a shame its now just full of parked cars and stop signs/ traffic. too bad the auto drivers couldnt manage to navigate an intersection so they had to install a stop sign and now muni so damn slow in the city

At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

And the relevance of this is what exactly? Am I supposed to be an opponent of removing the Embarcadero Freeway?

Removing the Embarcadero freeway was clearly good for the city. Removing the Central Freeway over the Hayes Valley neighborhood has been a completely different story.

Your link leads to a misleading version of the history of the removal of the Central Freeway there: "Ultimately, the city decided to remove the Central Freeway and replace it with a ground-level boulevard, which opened up land for new housing and led to the revival of the surrounding Hayes Valley neighborhood."

Correlation is not causation. All that "new housing" is only now being built. Instead of simply developing the old freeway parcels the state gave the city, the Big Thinkers in the Planning Department hatched the Market and Octavia Neighborhood Plan, which will bring in 10,000 new residents to that part of town, in, among other things, 40-story highrises at Market and Van Ness.

At the same time, the Planning Dept., with crucial help from Supervisor Mirkarimi and city progressives, was greasing the skids to allow UC to rip off the old Extension property on lower Haight Street.

The downside of removing the Embarcadero Freeway: we got the Willie Brown/Rose Pak Central Subway boondoggle.

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

By the way, that building on the left is evidently the same one there now, as is that pipe railing.


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