one of my all-time favorite pictures. my friend, jennifer (from high school, not the music fiend buddy i've previously mentioned), took this pic shortly after the great san francisco earthquake of 1989. that solitary figure in the photo is not me, by the way. i wish she had a website, because i'd totally spam for her. this is what was left of the embarcadero freeway. it was shut down after the earthquake as it suffered too much structural damage and was unsafe for travel. the clock tower is part of the ferry building, which still stands today. the freeway was eventually torn down after much public debate regarding whether to rebuild it or not. it was not rebuilt and this whole area underwent a serious beautification process.
this area used to be a shithole. there were people living under the freeway, lotsa crackheads, bums and thieves. not a place you'd like to walk around at night. there were empty warehouses and vacant buildings, just watch some of the old dirty harry movies and you'll probably get a glimpse. if you're in san francisco, take a walk along the embarcadero. it's absolutely gorgeous these days. you can walk from the baseball park (where the sf giants play) to fisherman's wharf. it's clean, smooth and well-lit. make sure you stop by to see the seals.
listen: belle & sebastian > san francisco (be sure to wear some flowers in your hair)
(this is from the september 2001 show at the warfield, here in sf)