A City Continues Its 100-Year Construction Project

One city is no stranger to earthquakes, fires, flooding - and constant construction.

📅   Mon August 29, 2016 - West Edition
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5th and Mission 1924, Chronicle Building under construction, Old Mint across the street. Courtesy of OpenSFHistory.org.
5th and Mission 1924, Chronicle Building under construction, Old Mint across the street. Courtesy of OpenSFHistory.org.
5th and Mission 1924, Chronicle Building under construction, Old Mint across the street. Courtesy of OpenSFHistory.org. Sansome N. from Pine 1911. Bldg on NE Cor, rt. housed Anglo-London-Paris Nat'l Bank until completion of firm's new bldg at Sansome 1910. Courtesy of OpenSFHistory.org. West on Post at Taylor n.d. Street construction, Von Bremen and Stillger business. Courtesy of OpenSFHistory.org. Images of the Transamerica Pyramid, under construction in 1971. From the San Francisco Chronicle. Topping off ceremony at the Transamerica Pyramid Building Photos shot 03/29/1972 9th Ave near Judah Jun 1975 Muni metro construction. Courtesy of OpenSFHistory.org. Constructing United Nations Plaza May 1977. Courtesy of OpenSFHistory.org. Golden Gate Bridge Under Construction circa 1936. Southern anchorage. Courtesy of OpenSFHistory.org.

The website SFgate asks - Does it seem like construction in the city of San Francisco is never ending? Well, it is. This may be due to urban growth, changes in style, repair from age, or acts of Mother Nature, including earthquakes, fires and floods. San Francisco is no stranger to any of those. Each decade it springs back stronger than ever. In 1906, after the great earthquake and fire that decimated several square miles of this compact city, undaunted, the people started all over again.

Sure, it can be an inconvenience. Construction zones seem to be ubiquitous. Hopefully, in the long run it's all worth it when we get brand new roads, high rises for business and living, museums, stadiums, safer tracks and tunnels, and safer bridges to points outside the 49 square mile peninsula.

Check out the slide show, with images of various landmarks, and locations in the city, being built anew, repaired or replaced. Some still exist and some are faded memories, kept alive through documentation. You'll see that constant building and rebuilding is nothing new. The images, which tell this story, span about 100 years.

Source: SFgate