Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ferry Building

The fact that you can take this picture at all is one of the great San Francisco stories. Anyone with a passing interest of the city knows the story of the Embarcadero Freeway, which was detested for most of its existence by just about everyone who lived there.

If I'd snapped this picture at any time from the late 1950s through the early 1990s, all you would have been able to see was the top of the clock tower peeking out from behind a double-decker freeway. Its eventual demolition (which, to be fair, was opposed by a lot of people, and cost Art Agnos his job as Mayor) may have been the only positive thing that came out of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

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