As real estate in the Bay Area becomes more and more valuable due to it's limited availability, we are finding ourselves challenged to find open public green space. History has shown us that there are better ways to make use of the space we already have available. Shortly after the proposed opening of the new Eastern span of the Bay Bridge (tentatively scheduled for Labor Day 2013), Caltrans will begin the demolition of the former Eastern span. This span of the Bay Bridge is a historical relic, which should be memorialized by converting it to open public green space.
Imagine the former Eastern span transformed into a public park, open to all to traverse the Bay to Yerba Buena Island. On the upper deck: open green space and a winding pathway through landscaped plant life, shrubbery and trees. Imagine the behemoth tresses draped in sparkling Christmas lights to lead the way for an evening stroll with your family or a loved one. Imagine a converted use of space similar to the High Line in NYC. Let's make use of the real estate we've already created by converting it into a public park instead of demolishing it into the Bay.
On the lower deck of the former Eastern span of the Bay Bridge, we could convert this space to a year-round Farmers Market, rotating pop-up restaurants, regular food truck locations, outdoor beer gardens with a beautiful view, or all of the above! We would encourage use of both the upper and lower decks by offering stairway entrances interspersed throughout the lovely park space above to easily access the local offerings below.
Encourage the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to halt the demolition of a piece of our history and consider memorializing this historic span of our Bay Bridge by converting it to coveted green space and low cost real estate for budding entrepreneurs and small businesses. Sign this petition to encourage California to carefully consider the limited resources it has available and to make the best use of them possible, not only for the government, but for the public that elected that government into office. Sign this petition to convert the Eastern span of the Bay Bridge into a beautiful public park.