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Ferry Building and Embarcadero, circa 1960 by Telstar Logistics, via Flickr

Best viewed large, for lots of flavorful detail. This is what the San Francisco waterfront looked like shortly after the "Great Wall" Embarcadero freeway was constructed in the late 1950s. My estimate for the date is derived from the fact that the Bethlehem Steel Building (on the corner of California and Davis) is shown here under construction; the building was completed in mid-1960. The freeway was damaged in the 1989 earthquake, and torn down in 1994. Thankfully.

James Gaither Interchange #1  Interchange #1 of U.S. Highway 101 (locally known as the Bayshore Freeway) and Interstate 280 as viewed from Bernal Heights Park - San Francisco, California Interchange

Interchange of U.S. Highway 101 (locally known as the Bayshore Freeway) and Interstate 280 as viewed from Bernal Heights Park - San Francisco, California

Suining New Town is a vibrant new city that embraces and celebrates its industrial heart. This mixed-use development is an ambitious plan by the local government in Sichuan Province, where the epicenter is a busy freeway interchange that we decided to incorporate into the larger context as a giant, concrete spaghetti-like sculptural piece.

Suining New Town is a vibrant new city that embraces and celebrates its industrial heart. This mixed-use development is an ambitious plan by the local government in Sichuan Province, where the epicenter is a busy freeway interchange that we decided to incorporate into the larger context as a giant, concrete spaghetti-like sculptural piece.

The Santa Monica Freeway under construction at La Cienega and Venice boulevards in 1964. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, UCLA Library.

The freeway planners drew lines straight through established residential communities, with houses and local businesses along the freeway route no more an obstacle than existing surface streets or water mains.

Los Angeles, California, United States. I would just love to see Hollywood and visit 90210 Beverly Hills.

Aerial view of the interchange between the Harbor Freeway 110 and the Glenn Anderson Freeway 105, Los Angeles, California.

LBJ Freeway under construction in 1965.  Lower road is Preston and LBJ intersection.  (UT-Arlington Library, 1965)

LBJ Freeway under construction in 1965. Lower road is Preston and LBJ intersection. (UT-Arlington Library, 1965)

September 22, 1953, LA's first 4-level interchange became fully operational. More photos via LA as Subject.

Fifty-eight years ago today, the Four Level interchange first opened to traffic. This iconic concrete ribbon that binds the 101 and 110 freeways is an almost inescapable feature of many Southern Californians' commute.

Hollywood Freeway 101, under construction 1953

As Angeleños prepare to survive the upcoming weekend without access to a ten-mile section of the San Diego Freeway, our thoughts may turn to L.A.'s pre-freeway era.