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.
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[Then photo: SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY/ Now photo: Alex Bevk] When we featured Sydney Walton Plaza as our Park Life a few weeks ago, one commenter brought up the site's history as the city's produce market. Much of Washington Street in downtown was known as Commission Market, the city's largest wholesale produce market, until the 1960s when the site was redeveloped as the mixed-use Golden Gateway.
[Then photo: SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY/ Now photo: Alex Bevk] The city used Redevelopment Agency powers to acquire property in the old produce district, obtaining federal funding to purchase the site and relocate the produce market to the Islais Creek area (the Alemeny Farmers Market). With construction phased over almost two decades, the Golden Gateway mixed-use development was designed to combine residential, retail, commercial office, and open space in downtown.