San Francisco Freeway Revolt

This is one of the first maps I ever produced; hence the low resolution and lack of a PDF option. I’ve included it here not so much because of its aesthetic quality (or lack thereof), but for recordkeeping purposes, as a reminder of just how much could’ve been lost. Modern NIMBYs have overlearned this lesson: The Jane Jacobs generation had a sense of the common good, not just shared interests, and didn’t reflexively oppose any deviation from the status quo. Still — look at that! I have lived in not one or two but three apartments that either would’ve been destroyed by freeways or would’ve been rendered more or less uninhabitable by them.

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