The Embarcadero Freeway

I’ve been to San Francisco a handful of times and always love it. On most visits I go into or walk past the Ferry Building and enjoy being near the waterfront.

This week I learned that for 30-some years an elevated freeway, The Embarcadero Freeway, which helped connect the Golden Gate Bridge with the Bay Bridge, stood like a wall in front of the Ferry Building.

I tried to imagine what it would look like — and why on earth they’d build such a thing — and found this article in The San Francisco Chronicle.

The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake pretty much answered any questions about whether to keep or to demolish the freeway.

Thank God it’s now just an item in the history books.