Sunday, June 17, 2007

Mission Bay, Dogpatch and 3rd Street Light Rail

I took a little road trip today around the Dogpatch and Mission Bay Neighborhoods. The interesting thing about the Dogpatch is that it was one of the places that mostly survived the 1906 earthquake and includes some of the oldest working class housing in the city. But as usual I focused mostly on the Third Street Light Rail line and a lot of the redevelopment that is going on along it. It's rather amazing what is happening as the development is coming right out of the ground.


While the dogpatch survived the earthquake in 1906, I would be worried about this area in future earthquakes given its closeness to the bay and its susceptibility to liquefaction. Map of liquefaction susceptibility here. But what is interesting is what they do to deal with the issue. Below is a picture of some of the Mission Bay redevelopment along the Third Street Light Rail Line. On the other side of the fence you can see some of the pylons coming out of the ground. Well those where hammered down there by huge machines to the bedrock to stabilize the building so they would be less susceptible to the liquefaction.


You can also see in the next picture the huge machines that hammer the pylons down into the subsoil and the many cranes which dot the skyline. I apologize for the blurriness of the picture.


Much of the redevelopment is multi story buildings and lofts along the light rail line. With so many acres of land available, the area will add thousands of residents.




Further South along the light rail near the Dogpatch neighborhood other projects are going up and old wherehouses will more than likely be remodeled at some point. The photos below were taken near the Mariposa Third Street Station.



On another note, I drove by an old metal scrapyard where I found a few dead Muni buses. The 38 and 38x buses will be replaced with LRVs just like the streetcar was once replaced by the bus. All things are circular and I think these pictures are an indication of that, given that we saw many pictures of streetcars in the scrapyards after the transit holocaust of the 50s and 60s. Hopefully this is a scene that will be seen more often as we replace bus routes with more efficient rail lines.



Later this week I'll show some pictures of the new LRV repair and maintenance facility.


Anonymous said...

It would appear those buses had more problems than being less efficient than light rail.

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

I think you are right, but it was an interesting find. Given that it was a Geary 38x bus, I thought it was interesting because that line will be BRT soon.