Rear Alley Behind the Transbay Transit Terminal - San Francisco
Series from its final hours of operation - VI -
This seems sort of right - a 'Do Not Enter' sign - a bent 'One Way' sign pointing away, up, and to the right. Signs of the times, perhaps. I will note that our one pedestrian intruder seems to be bucking the trend; dressed in blue and moving deliberately in the opposite direction.
This capture shows the durable construction of the building - which was originally used as a terminal for electric trains operating between here and Sacramento. The trains came off of the Bay Bridge and directly onto the fourth floor platforms before completing the loop and rolling east again. 300 trains each weekday.
I have no real affection for this place. It was depressing and heavy and had ceased to serve the city in the manner it once did. Beyond the many bus lines, Amtrak was here, as were tour buses and taxis. There was a very good restaurant and an even better coffee shop. That coffee cafe was operated by a woman named May. She had the best soups I've ever tasted. Most all of this was long gone.
I am sorry that the hundreds of homeless people who used this place to get some rest and have access to plumbing have lost this one tie to dignity and safety. It was the only place they had without being in a government program of some kind.
And so it goes...
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