Wednesday/ the Embarcadero’s history

There are several parallels between San Francisco’s Embarcadero waterfront, and Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct.  The Embarcadero had an ugly double-decker freeway (built in the 1960s) that was finally undone and demolished in 1991, following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct has been a long-time eye-sore as well; and damaged in the 2001 Nisqually earthquake.  It’s demolition will finally be under way in the next 18 months or so, with the completion of a replacement tunnel.

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I’m on the Embarcadero, the waterfront street with street car tracks. The Ferry Building”s clock tower shows 6.50 pm, and I’m finally on my way back to Fisherman’s Wharf to the hotel.
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Check this little bit of history posted on a memorial of sorts with photographs and all : there used to be an ugly Embarcadero Freeway in the 1960s. It was finally torn down in 1991, after being severely damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

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