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Freeway Supports

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 8, 2014
1. Freeway Supports Marker
Inscription. Rectangles embedded in the walkway mark the former locations of two Embarcadero Freeway support columns

The dashed line that surrounds you marks the former locations of an Embarcadero Freeway column.

We sit and eat our lunch.
And follow the swing of the wrecking balls.
Demolishing the Free-way to Nowhere.
It is hypnotic, absorbing
It is happening
It is possible
To bring light and air and vistas
Back into human experience.
In clouds of dust with a satisfying thunks
We sit and eat our lunch.

August 11, 1991 – Anonymous

Second plaque

“The freeway that brooded over the Embarcadero with all the grace of a double decked prison wall is finally gone. In its place is a sweeping of air, fog, October sunlight, piers, ships, and the silver Bay Bridge, which is 55 years old and still looks modern.”

October 7, 1991 – Carl Nolte
 
Location. 37° 47.711′ N, 122° 23.646′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on The Embarcadero near Market Street, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Freeway Supports Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 8, 2014
2. Freeway Supports Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Klebingat Recalls The City Front (within shouting distance of this marker); Bustle of the City (within shouting distance of this marker); Signs of History (within shouting distance of this marker); Splendid Survivor (within shouting distance of this marker); San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Abraham Lincoln Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain Leidesdorff (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Splendid Survivor (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. These markers are across from the Ferry Building.
 
Also see . . .  Embarcadero Freeway Removal - Streetswiki. For decades, activists fought for the removal of the freeway and faced particularly strong opposition from Chinatown businesses, who feared they would lose customers. It took an earthquake to set the process in motion: the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the Embarcadero Freeway and forced its closure. (Submitted on April 19, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Freeway Supports Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 8, 2014
3. Freeway Supports Marker
Freeway Supports Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 8, 2014
4. Freeway Supports Marker
In front of the Ferry Building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 19, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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