Ground-Level Tenacity

The elevated Central Freeway was long considered an eyesore marring some San Francisco neighborhoods. This article describes the planning process involved in replacing this unattractive-but-functional freeway with the more aesthetically pleasing Octavia Boulevard. The effort to build Octavia Boulevard took 16 years. The original plan to demolish Central Freeway was opposed by some residents who regularly traveled on the freeway. Rather than do away with the road all together, an innovative plan was drawn up to replace the freeway with a 6-lane boulevard that incorporated landscaped medians. The boulevard has four lanes allowing commuters to access streets leading to and from the city's western neighborhoods and has one lane in each direction for local traffic. Octavia Boulevard opened in September 2005 and most residents and planners consider it a success.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p 19
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  • Accession Number: 01049730
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 1 2007 10:50AM