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Repairing the Urban Fabric Ruined By Highways

The Ferry Building in San Francisco before and after demolition of the Embarcadero Freeway

From the hills behind the City Hall in my adopted hometown of Ventura, California, it’s less than 1,000 yards southward to the Pacific Ocean. It’s a constrained piece of topography that, as I have written elsewhere, creates a small urban gem of a downtown: streetscapes, restaurants, stores, offices, residences, parking garages, a beachfront promenade — all within eight or so square blocks, creating a lively…

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