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Demolition Innovation

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 14 October 2010 in Food & Cuisine and Portfolio.

San Franicisco

One of the problems I observed before they began demolishing the steel bridge that stood here was that the bridge held the rigging for the electric bus wires aloft. So clearly the wires were going to need to come down for the tear-down and then re-rigged before the buses could resume service.

I figured they would need to place heavy poles to accomplish this. But someone was really clever and instead painted "SAVE" on three of the big concrete columns supporting the bridge. When the bridge was taken down - they simply lassoed steel cables around the supports and reconnected the wires. The buses were rolling on the next morning. Fabulous!

This is the same spot were I captured those dramatic images of them shooting water into the sunset as they were knocking down the bridge...

Here is a link to my October 1st post which shows the wires passing under the bridge as well as the columns:

[tomorrow]: the view two days later - and much earlier in the day.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very interesting image, nice one

14 Oct 2010 5:26am

P. Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Wonderful story of the planning explains the photo very well.
Incredibly bright photo is just excellent.

14 Oct 2010 5:54am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Looks like work in progress here . . could be like this for quite a while !

14 Oct 2010 7:44am

Mirko Herzner from Germany

Well this seems to be a good solution then... Who would have thought it was so easy. I really like your posts on day-to-day development in your city...

14 Oct 2010 8:45am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

An image which does not miss "contacts"

14 Oct 2010 9:10am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales boy), Germany

And I bet it was a construction worker and not an architect who thought that one out !!

14 Oct 2010 11:12am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

That's one of the things I like about San Francsico, people actually THINK there! Great job here STephen!!

14 Oct 2010 1:37pm

JPS from Le Havre, France

Big bus ! Enormous !!!

14 Oct 2010 4:57pm

Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

Pretty cool, eh?

14 Oct 2010 10:26pm

Bethany from Michigan, United States

Cities are constantly changing... sad and exciting at the same time.

14 Oct 2010 11:18pm

@Bethany: This is largely good news - the old terminal was really depressing. However many homeless people used it as a place to be out of the rain and cold. It had plumbing they could use and was safe. In that regard, I feel sorry for those poor folks.

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice shot !

15 Oct 2010 3:07am