Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Octavia Boulevard - Hell on Earth

Hell. On. Earth. 
As you well know, I have a boner for high speed traffic and freeways.  I was disheartened in 1999, when two initiatives were on the ballot, one to rebuild the freeway, and one to remove it.  Ultimately the voters decided to remove the freeway, undoubtedly because of some kind of Walk Nut conspiracy or some shit.

The Central Freeway was near and dear to my heart, as it provided a safe haven to crack addicts, pigeons, and kept housing prices at very affordable levels.

The Central Freeway: Notice how it effortlessly rammed itself into the neighborhood hole.
The people of the neighborhood were too selfish and foolish to realize that the removal would have dire consequences.  Everyone knows that freeways relieve traffic so it's running smoothly and efficiently, just like in LA. 

Crack Dens and Hooker Pits are often the first casualties of freeway removal. 
But the real victims of this boulevard debacle, are the hookers.  Shangelica reported, "Where I gunna give all my blowys at, huh?"  Sadly, blowy areas were replaced with medians, bike lanes, and a park for children.

Just imagine this is moving really fast, as all freeway traffic does. 
Now, whether or not this messy and politically heated decision to turn the freeway into a boulevard was good for the entirety of the population of SF will always be debatable and a point of contention.  But not for me, because although I never drive it, bike it, or walk it, Octavia Boulevard is absolutely 100% the worst decision ever. 

1 comment:

  1. yeah now the traffic sits right outside their doors waiting for a light to cange green.

    they should have torn down the hays vallry slums cause they were the real eyesore.