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Potrero Commons 18th-Wisconson

Unfinished History

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Early 1990s view of the Potrero Commons.

Photo: Chris Carlsson

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Overlooking former Western Pacific tunnel (collapsed in 1962), site of Potrero Commons struggle 1990-1992, now the Arkansas & 18th Lofts built by the former Goodman Group.

Photo: Chris Carlsson

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Arkansas and 19th, hole indicating collapsed tunnel beneath. Note the public housing projects in mid-distance.

Photo: Potrero Hill Archive Project

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July 1962, collapsing tunnel beneath the hill.

Photo: courtesy Vance Chan

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These lofts along Arkansas Street were built on the former open space of the Potrero Commons, thanks to a multi-party political deal with Mayor Frank Jordan, the Goodman Group, and the developers.

Photo: Chris Carlsson

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The top of the loft construction is about where the railroad tunnel collapsed in 1962, after fire weakened the wooden support structures inside. The tunnel was soon closed and filled. It was thirty years before the space was built on.

Photo: Chris Carlsson


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