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Curbed Guide: Central Freeway Developments

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When part of the Central Freeway got messed up in the '89 earthquake and ultimately removed in 1992, Hayes Valley got a rare stab at redevelopment— an effort that's arguably one of San Francisco's most significant long-term projects of late, notable both for its scale and for being, well, north of Market Street. Empty lots where the freeway once snaked now carve out a visible scar in the landscape, especially viewable in aerial photos. Those lots have been designated by the city with the letters A through V, about half of which will end up going toward affordable housing. The cash flow for new construction, however, has since slowed to a trickle, putting large, dazzling projects on hold. Instead, empty lots are begetting humbler ideas that propose temporary solutions: a communal farm, a two-year pop-up retail project. 'Course, there's still lots more for Curbed to visit— tips, renderings, and updates to the inbox!

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1. Parcel P: Central Mews

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2. Parcel I: 401 Grove

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3. Parcel V: Octavia Gateway

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4. Parcel G: Affordable Housing

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5. Parcels M + N: Cellular Units

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6. Parcels K + L: Pop-Up Community

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7. Parcel Q: Octavia Court

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8. Parcel O: Community Garden

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1. Parcel P: Central Mews

2. Parcel I: 401 Grove

3. Parcel V: Octavia Gateway

4. Parcel G: Affordable Housing

5. Parcels M + N: Cellular Units

6. Parcels K + L: Pop-Up Community

7. Parcel Q: Octavia Court

8. Parcel O: Community Garden