Before the freeways

map.gifEver wonder what San Francisco was like before the freeways? Flickr user Octoferret has scanned in a 1938 street map that shows how the Mission District, Hayes Valley and South of Market looked before a single house was torn down for the freeways. If you’re a map geek or long for Sam Spade-era SF, this is fascinating.

Be sure to click on the “Original” size.

7 Comments so far

  1. Eric (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 7:35 pm

    If only we could restore San Francisco to its pre-freeway state!


  2. TinMan (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

    Well, at least we got rid of that f*&%$#%! Embarcardero Freeway.


  3. anna (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 9:54 pm

    I was just talking to my Mom about driving around before freeways up and down the peninsula, and she said, “You have to understand, it was stop and go streetlights, and then it was trees and orchards. “


  4. tenjay (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

    f/g-7 on the border of mclaren park: lick old ladies home.
    ;)


  5. Leo (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

    Here’s another map from 1929. Pre-freeway, pre-Bay Bridge, pre-Golden Gate bridge!

    http://www.davidrumsey.com/detail?id=1-1-29556-1130602&name=San+Francisco


  6. MarkSucksNuts (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 6:30 am

    sweet, another copied post from sfist. mark, do you ever wonder if you are the reason writers keep walking away from this site and you are down to 6 contributors? please, mark — turn down the suck!!


  7. jjames (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 7:40 pm

    while the sfist post did point to the same flickr stream, its focus was murray the mascot.

    when covering the same geographic locale, there are bound to be overlapping stories. even with the occasional repeat, i prefer to subscribe to both sites.

    if it really bothers you, just stop reading this site.



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