San Francisco

Freeway Rethink: Burying Hospital Curve and Removing the Central Freeway [In-person]

Lunchtime Forum


Central freeway map

Image courtesy of Multistudio.

Even though San Francisco is known as the birthplace of the freeway revolt, the City is still scarred by those freeways that did get built. While significant progress has been made to remove these wounds, the Central Freeway, I-280 north of Cesar Chavez and the Bay Bridge West Approach through SOMA all still impact civic life, depress property values, consume valuable land and impact health. First considered in MTC’s visionary Horizon Program as a transformative project, and with federal Reconnecting Communities funds now available to make detailed studies of freeway options, it may be time for the community to build consensus on finally addressing inequitable freeway placement and returning about 50 acres of land to better uses, including open space, housing, cultural amenities, and the restoration of Mission Creek to provide ecological and recreational benefits. Join us to learn more from the design firms leading this pro-bono effort that could be the City’s signature transformative program.


  • Kate White / ARUP
  • Teresa Jan / Multistudio
  • Patricia Algara / BASE Landscape Architecture
  • Geeti Silwal / Perkins&Will




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