I was playing around with the Google Earth plug-in for Google's online maps, which lets you pan around and fly through 3-D buildings and topographic features, when I noticed they didn't include a 3-D model of the elevated freeway structure. Comparing the resulting freeway-less images with the real-life Street View is like looking at before and after pictures of a future in which the skyway has been torn down. One I hope we'll someday see.
15th Street and San Bruno Avenue in Google's freeway-less future (top) and in real life (bottom)
Play around with it for yourself, it's refreshing to see what an improvement all that blue sky can make. More pics after the jump.
15th and Utah Streets
15th and Vermont Streets
Now let's make this a reality!