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Bridge to Nowhere: Visions for Reusing the Bay Bridge

on February 17, 2010

As most people are focusing on the construction of the new Bay Bridge—slated to be finished by 2013—others are thinking of ways to reuse parts of the old one. Inspired by New York’s High Line, an old railway turned into an urban park, Bay Area architect Ronald Rael is proposing to save the eastern span of the Bay Bridge from demolition and reusing it for a project he calls the Bay Line, a site that could include parks, swimming pools, and housing. Although it’s only an idea, the Bay Line project has started a wider debate on how cities around the world could reuse historical structures like the Bay Bridge

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  1. G on February 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Do you know how crazy it is to save this thing? In the next earthquake, it’ll come crashing down. Then what? We find the money to save a dangerous “park”?

    Bring it down. Use your good ideas for current parks and spaces. Preferably ones on solid ground.

  2. Lydia on February 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Very cool–love the whole project. Congratulations! lc

  3. John vanSchaick on February 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I agree. The bridge, if saved for use as a park, should be made earthquake resistant as are other buildings. But I believe it still has value as a park. In addition, it is more expensive to knock it down and cart it away.

  4. Bay Bridge to Nowhere | Nick Burns on February 26, 2010 at 5:41 pm

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