San Francisco

June 25, 2006

Embarcadero trolley
The Embarcadero
The Embarcadero is the name given to the waterfront roadway that runs beside the Port of San Francisco. It sits atop a large engineered seawall. A freight railroad once ran along it, as did an automobile freeway built in the 1960's which divided the waterfront from downtown. The freeway was severely damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and torn down two years later, reuniting the waterfront area with downtown. Years of subsequent redevelopment have resulted in a thriving downtown waterfront scene.
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
Known locally as the Bay Bridge, this structure opened in 1936 and spans the San Francisco Bay, connecting the cities of San Francisco and Oakland. The eastern span is scheduled for replacement with an entirely new structure.


Financial District
The Financial District
Over a span of fifty years, a large offshore seawall was built and the resulting mudflats were filled in with land, creating the foundation for what is now San Francisco's Financial District.
Passage


Passage
This sculpture was created by Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito and was provided to the Embarcadero by the Black Rock Arts Foundation. It's placement coincides with the new Pier 14 opening to the public.


Cupid's Span
Cupid's Span
Built in 2002 by pop artist Claes Oldenburg, this sculpture features a 60-foot partial bow and arrow. It was commissioned by Gap Founder and Chairman Donald Fisher. The artist described the work as a stereotype of love, and said it also evokes the shape of sailing ships along the waterfront and the Bay Bridge.