I can’t stop looking at this 1971 panorama from the top of the Bay Bridge

Seriously, there is so much to explore in this photo. The Embarcadero Freeway, The rise of the Transamerica Pyramid, A lonely Twin Peaks with no Sutro Tower, the railyards of Mission Bay and much more!

[Photo by Bruce Steinberg via Brad Templeton]

23 Responses to “I can’t stop looking at this 1971 panorama from the top of the Bay Bridge”

  1. suckerpunch says:


  2. JohnnyL says:


  3. Richard says:

    Do NOT NOT NOT miss the abomination that was the Embarcadero freeway. However, this photo does show the formerly clean skyline view coming off the bay bridge before the One Rincon Hill development ruined it.

    • Grizzled Mission says:

      Everything was better before, amirite?

      Especially before we were born.

    • smaller donkey says:

      This is totally true.

      However, driving on that abomination was so fucking awesome. Whoosh whoosh like a roller coaster wedged in between hi-rises.

      Sweaty and half-drunk, bombing down Broadway after a night in the mosh pit and then bam onto that roller coaster. I look at 16 year old kids today and feel sorry for them.

  4. Jason says:

    whoa, what the hell is that huge tower that appears to be near Cesar Chavez and Pennsylvania?

  5. Richard says:

    Note also Embarcadero Center buildings under construction, with some of the last holdout buildings from the old SF Produce Market just to north of the EC’s open pit. Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Haggie says:

    If you zoom in enough, you can see Lt. Mike Stone and Inspector Steve Keller in an unmarked Galaxie 500 pursuing a felon down the Embarcadero…

  7. Dirty Harry says:

    You guys should probably watch some of my movies.

  8. scum says:

    This was what I saw when I first came here in 1972, thank you for this awesome picture.

  9. TJS says:


  10. Neighbor says:

    I can see Dolores Park, can you?

  11. Greg says:


  12. Paul says:

    I grew up in 1970′s San Francisco/Bay Area. This is the SF that I remember most. I also grew up watching the Streets of San Francisco when I was a kid. It’s comfort TV to me and a SF that I felt deeply…

  13. Paul says:

    I also do not miss the Embarcadero/Central Freeway but it was a great Broadway off ramp when driving to the ‘Fab Mab’ for punk shows back in the 80′s. My office building was already built (44 Montgomery) when this was taken…