5th and Mission 1924, Chronicle Building under construction, Old Mint across the street. 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.