The journey from the Central Freeway to Octavia Boulevard and Beyond

San Franciscans Rising Up to Bring It Down

Photo by: SF Chronicle

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It’s been over a decade and a half since the Central Freeway was demolished, and later replaced by Octavia Boulevard, Patricia’s Green and new housing. The removal of the freeway — perhaps the final chapter of the freeway revolt that began decades prior — is a pivotal part of the history of San Francisco and Hayes Valley, and still unknown to many.
The community has discussed for many years the possibility of telling this the story with a commemorative installation in Patricia’s Green or along the Boulevard. With this in mind, the Market/Octavia Citizens Advisory Committee (MOCAC), in partnership with the San Francisco Planning Department and San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA), has undertaken an exploration under the name of the “Market/Octavia Historic Commemorative Project”. This group has meanwhile created this playfully-named site to share in interactive and visual form the history of activism and groundbreaking changes to the built environment that continue to shape our lives here.

Explore Map

Take a walk through the area and through time. Click on pins to see what was there before and what is there now.

Explore History

Learn about the area’s most historic moments

Our Mission

Inspire and empower future San Franciscans to realize that, through civic engagement of the freeway removal in the Market / Octavia area, you can change the city for the better! 

Looking to the Future

As we move to create a permanent “Commemoration” along Octavia Boulevard, The Committee wants to remember, perhaps “never forget” what it means for ordinary citizens to rise up and take action, setting in motion the demolition of the Central Freeway in the face of many barriers.  The committee will be reaching out for proposals from local creative partnerships who know the story and can express it visually in a permanent installation. Proposals will be presented to the community in 2021 or 2022.

Get Involved

The story of the Central Freeway lives on through our residents and in our neighborhood. This means you! Be on the lookout for community meetings and events in 2021 to discuss commemorative design options and other neighborhood commitments.