Monday, September 15, 2014

Lunch on the Waterfront --- Day 3/244

Walk: Ferry Building
Distance: 3.1 miles and home yoga


Now
                            
                            Then            (completed 1898. Note: no Bay Bridge)


It had been a while since Ciwt had been to the San Francisco Ferry Building so she enjoyed meeting up today with a cousin who has an office there. Until the completion of the Bay Bridge (which began to carry railroad traffic) and Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s, the Ferry Building was the second busiest transit terminal in the world, second only to London's Charing Cross Station. After the bridges opened, and the new Key System trains began running to the East Bay from the Transbay Terminal in 1939, passenger ferry use fell sharply.  The building went through a prolonged decline and was little used until a major renovation and restoration in 2002.  Since then it has become a lovely office structure as well as a premiere tourist attraction with its outdoor farmers markets and interior restaurants and gourmet food-oriented boutiques.

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