Freeways Never Built, or Unbuilt after 1989 quake

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This is an excerpt from a 2-hour interview, part of the Shaping San Francisco "Ecology Emerges" oral history collection, with long-time San Francisco environmental writer Harold Gilliam (conducted by Chris Carlsson). In this short clip he tells how he was lured to Washington DC to work for the Stewart Udall Interior Dept. under LBJ, where he was able to help derail plans to run a northern Bay Bridge from apx. Telegraph Hill to Angel Island to a new freeway up the Tiburon Peninsula. Below are images and proposed routes for this never-built bridge.

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Thanks to Eric Fischer for making these images, and many more, all in high resolution, available at his flickr account.

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Proposed Central Freeway along 7th Avenue, 1956

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The deconstruction of the Embarcadero Freeway, 1990


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Freeway hides historic ferry building in this 1985 photo until its demolition in 1990.

Photo: Private Collection, San Francisco, CA


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Embarcadero Freeway at apx. Clay Street, Ferry Building hidden at center left, c. 1969.

Photo: © Chuck Gould, all rights reserved.


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In the 1940s the California Dept. of Highways came up with various plans to blanket San Francisco with freeways. This is a version proposed in 1948 by San Francisco's Planning Department.

Thanks to Eric Fischer for making this map, and many more, all in high resolution, available at his flickr account.

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Early 1960s fantasy of new bridge adjacent to the then-brand new Candlestick Park.

Image: courtesy Eric Fischer

Plans for Panhandle Freeway.

Image: courtesy Eric Fischer

1948 vision of easterly view towards Fillmore between Fell and Oak.

Image: courtesy Eric Fischer

Route of proposed Panhandle freeway.

Image: courtesy Eric Fischer


Maps and photos of San Francisco's original freeway plans

images and maps of many San Francisco freeways that were never built and some that were

Freeway Revolt 1958-64

Second Freeway Revolt

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