It is true that the demolition of several of San Francisco’s elevated freeways had a benevolent effect on the cohesion of the City, reuniting neighborhoods that had been sundered for decades. But when the Embarcadero freeway stood devoid of vehicles and awaiting demolition… everybody wanted to get up there and experience it!
We believe that it is possible to re-weave the broken strands of City streets in the vicinity of this deck, while at the same time colonizing this relic as sea life does to a sunken ship. This portion of 280 soars and weaves as it nears Downtown, offering wide-open vistas that no driver can ever fully appreciate. It offers light and air, integrated ramps for riding or walking, flat flexible space for food trucks, farms, and a park as well as built-in resistance to seismic events. The deck even comes wired, and offers a perfect unobstructed landing strip for wind turbines and other onsite energy generation. It’s a valuable structure. What if it were taken back by the citizens?
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