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two teams. one ugly bridge.

By enelson
Thursday, April 27th, 2006 at 3:58 pm in Bay Bridge, Misc. Transportation, Retrofitting.

So we may never find closure over the $1.43 billion self-anchored suspension span of the rebuilt Bay Bridge, especially while we’re still paying tolls and waiting decades for the thing to be built, hopefully before the Big One strikes. But being new to the area, I must share my own bit of Zen over the bridge design. I was on my evening BART ride when I noticed two posters advertising BART as a way to get to baseball games and FSN as a way to watch them at home. One, seen here with the help of my amateur mobile phone photography, shows Barry Bonds in heroic follow-through in front of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Transamerica Tower
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Then there’s the A’s version, which shows Eric Chavez swinging at the Tribune Tower (a worthy icon) and another bridge. Except this bridge is the Bay Bridge, and it’s not even the four-towered western span that ANG Newspapers uses as its logo. No, the span that can be seen between Chavez’ legs is the long, steel cantilever bridge recognizable to few outside of the Bay Area.

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Seeing the two images crystallized the inferiority complex suffered by the East Bay next to San Francisco and its iconic spans. I mean, that’s ALL the advertising people can come up with to represent the East Bay? In six or seven years, they’ll be able to use “that pointy thing” with the spider-leg cables curving down from its single tower, the only one like it in the world. Whether it’s worth the extra $500 million or so is now something for the history books to decide.

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One Response to “two teams. one ugly bridge.”

  1. Robert Raburn Says:

    Perhaps the East Bay bridge image icon should show a sagging earthquake damaged span. The pointy thing was the red herring, the real culprit in the bridge cost is the unquestioned assumption that a temporary ten-lane structure would be built. Imagine the benefits and savings if the temporary structure provided only a few lanes for critical bus and truck traffic and we invested the remaining funds in augmented transbay transit service.

    In all honesty, San Francisco’s dominant position really only hurts the East Bay (and other Bay Area counties) when it comes to news reporting. Too many folks are dependent on SF-based info-tainment where the only local reporting resembles episodes of family feud. If East Bay residents had inquiring reports of local issues in their hands, we might not be saddled with costly back-room deals like the Coliseum. Big spending decisions are often made by elected officials without any news coverage or broad citizen involvement. Eric, your in-depth reports and analyses represent a welcome departure from the norm that I hope will catch the attention of many East Bay residents.

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