Landmarks Come and Go

There’s good news and bad news for local landmarks today.

The good news: The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge is a go, in all its original, beautiful, single-tower suspension goodness. I was in Sweden a few years ago and saw a single-tower suspension bridge, and it was stunning. So I’m so glad the design that the Bay Area chose is back on track.

bigfootThe Schwarzenegger camp is playing this as a victory, neglecting to mention that they were the ones who held up the process in favor of the “freeway on stilts” design in the first place. At the time they said the new design would save us money, but all it did was bring the process to a stop, add billions to the price tag because of the delay, and raise the crossing toll to $4 to cover it. Thanks, Ahnold. Feel free to visit anytime.

The bad news: my other favorite landmark in the Bay Area has unceremoniously disappeared. The Bigfoot that guarded the mouth of the Sunset Tunnel has been replaced by a swath of khaki by some graffiti art hater. The good luck that the Bigfoot brought to riders of the N-Judah for the last 10 years has been brought to an end. Please join me in a plea to Bigfoot One: Bring back the Sunset Tunnel Bigfoot!

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