In 2006, the former San Francisco Supervisor, Sue Bierman, died at the age of 82 in a car crash in The Haight-Ashbury District. She had led the fight in the 1950s and 60s against intrusive freeway expansion across the city via Golden Gate Park's Panhandle. She was a fixture for decades in the city's planning circles and helped raise awareness of livability issues and thoughtful planning.
Very soon, a park dedicated in her name at The Embarcadero is set to re-open where once a freeway off-ramp stood. Landscaped and spruced-up, it's a fitting tribute to her vision and a refreshing amenity along the Northeast Waterfront.Here is what the area looked like in the late 1950s.