Mental Floss

Repurposing The Bay Bridge

Jill Harness

The San Francisco Bay Bridge has been going through a lot of construction lately as contractors are struggling to build a new, more earthquake-proof bridge. The biggest issue has been closing the existing bridge as little as possible for the sake of commuters. The quick, section-by-section construction is quite fascinating and time lapse videos show the complexities of the detailed process.

But some people are concerned about what will be done with the existing bridge when it is removed. While the city currently plans to destroy it, Good Magazine has reported a few architects from San Francisco have a much cooler and environmentally friendly idea—turn it into a massive community garden and apartment complex. As a past resident of SF, I have to say, this would be a very welcome proposal: San Franciscans always welcome new gardens and housing is always a premium investment in the area.