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(SFGate)   It took Mother Nature to bring down the ugliest thing San Francisco ever built   (sfgate.com) divider line
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2021-03-05 11:53:41 PM  
That, and the fact that everyone hated it from the start.
 
2021-03-05 11:54:20 PM  
What do I win? Knew it had to be the Mac.
 
2021-03-06 12:07:29 AM  
Man, that thing was ugly. We were in SF in I think early spring 1991 and there were still sections awaiting demolition. The Embarcadero and the Ferry Building are so awesomely improved since then.

It's strange to watch old shows like The Streets of San Francisco and wonder how anyone allowed that eyesore to exist.
 
2021-03-06 12:16:34 AM  
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2021-03-06 12:17:38 AM  
it is not missed. At all.
 
2021-03-06 12:22:44 AM  
Ugly as Fark, but it was one of the things the city did that actually accomplished what it was supposed to.  Unlike the Twitter Tax Break
 
2021-03-06 12:23:24 AM  
It doesn't really look all that ugly in a vacuum, the issue is that it covers up something infinitely better looking.

Kind of like getting a tattoo.
 
2021-03-06 12:27:27 AM  

aerojockey: It doesn't really look all that ugly in a vacuum, the issue is that it covers up something infinitely better looking.

Kind of like getting a tattoo.


You... uh... You sure about that?

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2021-03-06 1:20:45 AM  
Sure, but now there's still no way to get from the south bay to the golden gate bridge without sitting on surface streets and stoplights.  It's like 101 and 280 come to a screeching halt in SF.   The fact that you can't go through or around SF to get from one side of it to another is just maddening for people who live outside the city and need to go from A to B.   You can go all the way around the bay, or you can sit in traffic on Van Ness or 19th for 40 minutes or more.

On the flip side, the Embarcadero does look nice, but that area is mainly visited by tourists.  Does not help the locals.   Don't live up in the bay anymore but I remember being driven on those freeways before they came down. The similar double decker in Oakland also suffered severe damage during that earthquake and was demolished.   But today Oakland still has a complete freeway system.  SF has nothing.  And I think they like it that way.
 
2021-03-06 1:59:34 AM  
All that fuss about something about as long as some of the runways around me? Time your lights and people can move around at 2/3 the speed and none of the overbuilt.
 
2021-03-06 2:11:37 AM  
Commemorative posters were sold on site and the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus performed.

That seems very redundant...
 
2021-03-06 3:06:59 AM  
Embarcadero Freeway ?

(checks)

Yep.
 
2021-03-06 3:08:22 AM  
It was constructed the same way as the Cypress Structure that collapsedin Oakland.   Concrete was spalling and rebar buckling on the Embarcadero freeway at the same time.

If that earthquake had continued for another ten seconds, there would have been two freeway collapses.
 
2021-03-06 3:44:03 AM  
But, but, didn't you see the little film? Two cars, racing unimpeded by traffic! Traffic magically disappeared! I love the future!

Gotta go. Good thing my flying car has an automatic setting to avoid running into the city-to city monorail system.
 
2021-03-06 4:29:39 AM  
The Alaska Way viaduct in Seattle was even uglier.
 
2021-03-06 4:56:57 AM  

Tex570: Commemorative posters were sold on site and the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus performed.

That seems very redundant...


No - it really doesn't.  Everyone from Texas run around with a 10 gallon hat, a 3' belt buckle, a couple six shooters, and their own personal entourage of longhorns?
 
2021-03-06 6:58:03 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Tex570: Commemorative posters were sold on site and the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus performed.

That seems very redundant...

No - it really doesn't.  Everyone from Texas run around with a 10 gallon hat, a 3' belt buckle, a couple six shooters, and their own personal entourage of longhorns?


I think they meant gay as opposed to lesbian?   Not "everyone in SF is gay"...

/guessing
 
2021-03-06 8:04:26 AM  

I Swear I'll Jump: But, but, didn't you see the little film? Two cars, racing unimpeded by traffic! Traffic magically disappeared! I love the future!

Gotta go. Good thing my flying car has an automatic setting to avoid running into the city-to city monorail system.


That little film gave me the heebie-jeebies.  Having driven under some of the crumbling bridges and overpasses in Atlanta, I hate, hate, hate getting caught by a light under or even near them.  Even thinking about driving for any extended distance or time under a mass of contractor installed concrete and rebar has me conjuring up alternate routes.  The pictures from the earthquake that collapsed the Oakland freeway gave me nightmares at the time.
 
2021-03-06 9:43:39 AM  
But enough about Nancy Pelosi.....
 
2021-03-06 10:04:56 AM  
Cars increase to fill the roads allowed.
 
2021-03-06 10:27:09 AM  
Surely they could just Dig a Big tunnel. How could that possiblye go wrong?
 
2021-03-06 11:22:59 AM  

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2021-03-06 11:47:42 AM  
I grew up in the Bay Area and spent the first several years of my adult life there spanning into the early 90s. I made great use of the embarcadero fwy when I was a teenager. I lived in the east Bay and had to do a lot of work that put me downtown during part of the day then zipping back and forth between the north peninsula and the city and back to the east Bay again after that. I did it using surface streets a few times and it was constant gridlock.
That said, the fwy was indeed ugly, and put a lot of the waterfront in shadow. It's definitely prettier now.
 
2021-03-06 12:22:05 PM  

studebaker hoch: If that earthquake had continued for another ten seconds, there would have been two freeway collapses.


And the entire east half of the Bay Bridge. It was sitting on a rotting base resting on bay mud.
 
2021-03-06 2:06:21 PM  
my first guess was sutro tower... but the Embarcadero Freeway works too.
 
2021-03-06 3:36:58 PM  

drumsinthedeep: it is not missed. At all.


It was awesome to be able to zip down Broadway and jump on the freeway to the Bay Bridge. Now to go to the City and get to North Beach is a half hour of crawling through traffic unless its late at night.
 
2021-03-06 4:40:14 PM  
While this fugliness is not IN the city, it's close enough:

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/ If you grew up on the San Mateo penninsula, you saw your first rock concerts here.
 
2021-03-06 5:03:56 PM  

studebaker hoch: While this fugliness is not IN the city, it's close enough:

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/ If you grew up on the San Mateo penninsula, you saw your first rock concerts here.


Menlo Park resident and yep, first was at the Cow Palace.
 
2021-03-06 6:04:27 PM  

studebaker hoch: While this fugliness is not IN the city, it's close enough:

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/ If you grew up on the San Mateo penninsula, you saw your first rock concerts here.


...or in my case, the Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Nutcracker On Ice, and a few other arena performances I barely remember.
 
2021-03-06 6:35:53 PM  

89 Stick-Up Kid: The Alaska Way viaduct in Seattle was even uglier.


Funny that it was also an earthquake that doomed the Alaskan Way Viaduct.  At least it was able to limp along for another decade, albeit with reduced speeds.

jacksonic: Surely they could just Dig a Big tunnel. How could that possiblye go wrong?


That's what Seattle built to replace its waterfront viaduct.  A lot went wrong during construction with Bertha, the boring machine, but the tunnel itself is rather nice.
 
2021-03-06 7:20:00 PM  
It occurs to me the argument that "losing the thoroughfare would cause gridlock on the surrounding streets" was the same one used when Los Angeles had to briefly shut down part of the 405 freeway to replace an overpass in 2011. A county supervisor worried that it might cause 'carmageddon' on surface streets. Local media sensationalized it in a rather pointless manner.

It ended up not causing a problem at all. Of course, this was done on a weekend, but it hinted at how much of the traffic came from induced demand - a factor that was proven after a freeway widening project 3 years later.
 
2021-03-06 7:59:16 PM  

studebaker hoch: While this fugliness is not IN the city, it's close enough:

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/ If you grew up on the San Mateo penninsula, you saw your first rock concerts here.


Far from my first show there, but I saw a guy set himself on fire at an Ozzy (Blizzard or Diary, who can remember?) show right in that very lot.
 
2021-03-06 10:43:34 PM  

drewogatory: Far from my first show there, but I saw a guy set himself on fire at an Ozzy (Blizzard or Diary, who can remember?) show right in that very lot.


Intentionally?
 
2021-03-07 8:34:56 AM  

studebaker hoch: drewogatory: Far from my first show there, but I saw a guy set himself on fire at an Ozzy (Blizzard or Diary, who can remember?) show right in that very lot.

Intentionally?


Don't think so. Anyway, typical Cow palace setup, funnel the lines between barricades, then the no bottles checkpoint, then the door. They snake the barricades like Disney, so there was a big open loop by the booze checkpoint. Someone decided to put a barrel in the middle, no naturally everyone was slamming their beers and hucking the empties at this barrel. Einstein #1 comes running up with a Molotov made from a one gallon gas can, but panics and drops it next to the barrel when the yellow shirts go after him. Einstein #2 comes running after and gives the can a good kick. Whoosh. Yellow shirts come running back, wrap him in a blanket and roll him on the ground where there are hundreds of broken beer bottles. The end.
 
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