Recent Streetsblog SF posts about San Francisco Freeway Revolt

The Case for Removing the 280 Freeway

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Talk of San Francisco’s next freeway removal has heated up since a proposal from the Mayor’s Office to take down the northern spur of I-280 went public. The highway teardown would open up land for housing, connect neighborhoods, and help bring high-speed rail and Caltrain downtown. “The good news is this would be the third […]

Whose Streets?

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“Whose Streets? OUR Streets!” yell rowdy demonstrators when they surge off the sidewalk and into thoroughfares. True enough, the streets are our public commons, what’s left of it (along with libraries and our diminishing public schools), but most of the time these public avenues are dedicated to the movement of vehicles, mostly privately owned autos. […]

Revisiting the San Francisco Freeway Revolt

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Editor’s note: This piece was written for Shaping San Francisco and is now incorporated into the new wiki version, your best place to research San Francisco history, FoundSF.org. Protesters march along Embarcadero in early 1960s, stump of Embarcadero Freeway ends behind them at Broadway. Photo courtesy San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library In the […]

Of Teamsters and Turtles, Plumbers and Progressives

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Cultures meet over real work at Heart of the City Farmers’ Market Ever since the much-promoted alliance between “teamsters and turtles” at the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999, there’s been a renewed hope that the decades-long opposition between organized labor and environmentalists might be resolvable. The original Teamsters and turtles weren’t really in much […]