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Retracing San Francisco’s Freeway Revolt

  • Rincon Park San Francisco, California (map)
Photo Credit: Russell Mondy

Photo Credit: Russell Mondy

As an activist, Jane Jacobs helped stop two planned-for urban expressways, one in Manhattan, the other in Toronto. San Francisco also had its own decades-long parallel struggle eventually dubbed the “Freeway Revolt”.This Jane’s Walk will retrace the route of the former Embarcadero Freeway, along what today is Herb Caen Way. During this walk a history of planned freeways criss-crossing San Francisco will be presented, along with the struggles to stop them from being built, or to tear down existing expressways. As we walk the route, we will highlight the positive results and unintended consequences of bringing down the Embarcadero Freeway. With the walk leader being from Toronto, comparisons between both cities will be made on the intersection of Expressways, Public Transit, Neighbourhoods, and Waterfronts plus the politics driving them all. This Jane’s Walk winds up in Chinatown ending in front of the Central T Subway Station currently under construction. This subway station is an important piece of a giant transit jigsaw puzzle that helps us to understand San Francisco’s municipal politics.

Time: 12 p.m.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Event Start/End: 

Start Location : Cupid’s Span in Rincon Park. We’ll meet at the footpath right in front of the Giant Arrow where it enters the ground.

End Location : in front of Central T Subway Station currently under construction in Chinatown.

Host:  HiMY SYeD,

Theme: Walking

Registration: No need to sign up, just show up.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to Wheelchairs, Bicycles, Seniors, Children


Earlier Event: May 4
Walk Downtown SLC
Later Event: May 4
Hinesburg Jane Jacobs Walk