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[By Beat News Service | 27 Nov 2010 | No Comments]

Demolition crews took the long Thanksgiving weekend off, but work on bulldozing the condemned Transbay Terminal is moving rapidly after the destruction of the building’s elevated bus ramps and the second-level train shed.

Work to demolish the terminal halls — including the waiting rooms and iconic building facade facing Mission Street — is next.

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[By California Beat | 22 Aug 2010 | No Comments]
Demolition of parts of the old Transbay Terminal has begun, with the removal of the bus ramp that led to the condemned building. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

SAN FRANCISCO — Demolition of the old bus ramps that led to the condemned Transbay Terminal at First and Mission Sts. will continue this week as contractors prepare to raze the elevated roadways that brought buses into the city.

Construction crews have already torn down sections of ramps crossing Howard Street and on the parcel of land that a temporary bus terminal was built at Beale and Howard Sts. to accommodate AC Transit, MUNI, SamTrans, Golden Gate Transit, Greyhound and WestCat bus commuters.

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[By California Beat | 15 Aug 2010 | One Comment]
The new temporary Transbay Terminal at Beale and Howard Sts. will be in use until the new permanent Transbay Center is built. (Photo by Vanessa Guerra/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Out with the old, in with the new, right?

Commuters are still adjusting to the new Temporary Transbay Terminal at Beale and Howard Sts. after the old Transbay Terminal closed for demolition two weeks ago. The temporary bus station will be the San Francisco connection point for AC Transit’s Transbay buses, WestCat, Golden Gate Transit, MUNI and SamTrans.

Cover Stories, San Francisco, Traffic & Transit »

[By Tim Jue and Vanessa Guerra | 2 Aug 2010 | 7 Comments]
The Transbay Terminal, photographed on its opening day in 1939, greeted thousands of spectators in this photograph. (TJPA Photo)

There will be no grand ceremony, no formal salute and few goodbye tears marking the end of an era.

This Friday, the Transbay Transit Terminal, the drab gray building occupying three blocks of Mission Street that is often ridiculed for its utilitarian appearance and colonization by San Francisco’s homeless population, will close for good.

Cover Stories, San Francisco »

[By California Beat | 20 Aug 2008 | No Comments]

This is Part Three of a special CALIFORNIA BEAT report on the high-rising of San Francisco. Read Part One. Read Part Two.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, many San Franciscans have vehemently opposed high-rise buildings, so much so that in 1985, peeved residents approved a city ordinance that capped the height of new city skyscrapers at 550-feet.

It was in direct response to the construction of the Transamerica Pyramid and the Bank of America building. Both buildings exceed 800-feet in height, and according to their detractors, blocked sunlight, created overwhelming shadows over city parks, and worked to destroy the character of the City by the Bay.

In fact, the buildings had few fans when they were both constructed in the 1960s into the 1970s. The Transamerica Pyramid, designed by William Pereira as the headquarters for the Transamerica Corporation, was immediately castigated as the sloping menace of the downtown buildings. The late San Francisco Chronicle …

Cover Stories, San Francisco »

[By California Beat | 13 Aug 2008 | No Comments]

The tallest tower in the planning stages would be a colossal 1,200-feet skinny tower designed by the Hines development firm and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. If built, the building would be the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi River.

Cover Stories, San Francisco »

[By California Beat | 7 Aug 2008 | No Comments]

LOOK AHEAD TWENTY-FIVE YEARS, and the San Francisco you see today will look nothing like the city of the future. This is the high-rising of the city.