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Instead of Bikes, the Panhandle Used to Allow Cars

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Public spaces change fast here in San Francisco, and for better or worse, it can be pretty crazy when you see what the City used to look like. Every week, we'll bring you Then & Now, a comparison of historic photos of the Bay Area with current views from the same perspective. Have a suggestion for a photo comparison that looks totally different (or shockingly the same)? Drop us a tip in the Curbed Inbox or leave a comment after the jump.

Quick note: See that vertical green bar in the middle of the then and now photos? You can move it horizontally to see the photos side by side.

[Then photo: David Rumsey Collection/ Now photo: Google Maps] The Panhandle is now the home of speeding bikes, but once had a two road street that ran through it for automotive traffic. Known as Avenue Drive, it connected Lincoln Way to Fell and Oak Streets.