Wednesday, January 08, 2014
8 Octavia Arises
At the cursed intersection of Market and Octavia, more luxury condos are being constructed.
The very modernist, glass building is being designed by local starchitect Stanley Saitowitz.
For three decades, there was an elevated freeway on Market Street at that location, which cut Market Street into two sections. The current redesign of Octavia Boulevard since the freeway was torn down is one of the Planning Department's worst transportation design compromises imaginable for everyone: drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. People seem to die there all the time. Consequently, the views from the new glass-sheathed luxury condos are probably going to be violent and strange, not to mention polluted by car exhaust. Still, welcome to the neighborhood everyone.