San Rafael is a strategic place in the Bay Area where many forces and flows in the economy and regional infrastructure pass through. Larger scale and more ambitious transformations of the city and the way it is arranged would have a profound effect on the region and its collective Resilience. 

Today San Rafael Creek is an afterthought. Buildings and parking lots back up to this amazing resource.  The Canal district is perpetually choked with traffic moving in all directions. We see an opportunity to connect the waterfront to the neighborhoods, make it a destination, and design an adaptable and floatable public place that provides connection, amenities, and places for interaction. A widened and curved creek, with new bridges and buildings built at higher elevations, offers improved hydraulics and public space—more room for water and more room for people.

Inter related to the Creek is the Freeway.  Highway 101, connects the entire North Bay to San Francisco and the Peninsula.  As it runs through San Rafael it divides the city into two disconnected areas. Portions of the freeway are elevated and built on soft soils which are prone to fail in a large earthquake. We see a grand opportunity to cut and cover the freeway. San Rafael can be reconnected as one city with a boulevard that provides space for new uses, amenities, and flood protection.

The former rail alignment further divides San Rafael and is situated at low elevations. Moving this line to the new boulevard, the SMART could extend to Larkspur and activate a vibrant corridor for multi-modal transit, flood protected development, and a financial engine to fund the city’s adaptation.  These improvements in San Rafael offer potential to impact the greater Bay Area and influence the design of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge.

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