San Francisco Embarcadero Freeway

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    I took these pictures a decade apart. I was shocked when I ran across the older image at the difference an ugly freeway can make. They were demolishing it after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake leveled the similar Cypress Freeway in Oakland, killing many people. San Franciscans hated this freeway. The Chronicle's Herb Caen called it the 'Dambarcadero Freeway. Now the pathway along it's route is called "Herb Caen Way."

    stefrich823, brunoboris, bearman38, and 20 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. BellaGaia 104 months ago | reply

      i remember that old freeway, it was such a wierd tunnelly thing that dropped you off all out of the way from where you wnated to be. Much cleaner lookig now. Long Live the Bay Area!

    2. vision63 104 months ago | reply

      Long Live! Much nicer now. At one point I think it was supposed to go all the way over to the Golden Gate Bridge. That would have been a mess.

    3. ChicagoEye 104 months ago | reply

      this transformation is the most commonly-cited example on things that can be done to breathe new life into cities--and rightly so. But I've never seen a pair of photos this good showing the change.

    4. ronwired 104 months ago | reply

      yea, it has really changed, but you mightt have to update it after this weekend....

    5. vision63 104 months ago | reply

      I'd rather they breath new life into old cities by breathing new life into our indigent and poverty classes. Otherwise, it's just window dressing.

    6. vision63 101 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the fave mrsrichardson823!

    7. stefrich823 101 months ago | reply

      vision63, this photo is amazing. I used to work right across the street. My office was between California and Davis but my window out faced the ferry building. Anyway, I was always down here at the farmers market and taking walks. I was 10 when the '89 quake happened and remember riding on the embarcadero freeway when we'd go visit relatives in the city all the time. Wow, this photo really shows how times have changed.

    8. vision63 101 months ago | reply

      You just always hope that they change for the better. For the more peaceful.

    9. bearman38 88 months ago | reply

      Thank you, thank you. I have been looking for before and after shots, and have not found many at all. This is what I wanted to see. And yes, this was supposed to be built around the shoreline all the way to the Golden Gate, along with about 8 other elevated freeways criss-crossing the city. Once this portion was started in the 50s, the public cried for no more, so that is why it was incomplete, and the other freeways were cancelled. As for the urban change by taking ugly elevated freeways away, take a look at the Boston Big Dig here on Flickr. I find myself amazed regarding the changes for both of these "projects." Thanks for sharing!

    10. bigmikelakers 78 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Bay Area Freeways and Highways, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. B4igo 73 months ago | reply

      The memories!

    12. vision63 73 months ago | reply

      Hey thanks guys. bigmikelakers, I didn't notice the invite until now. Thanks.

    13. KQED News 67 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Memories of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and we would love to have this added to the group!

    14. spangelo45 56 months ago | reply

      The only good thing about that earthquake was the tearing down that old freeway which I believe was a twin to the fallen Nimitz freeway. That was one scary night Oct. 17th, 1989.

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