Presidio Tunnel Tops are the Latest Infrastructure Reuse Project Changing a City

Infrastructure reuse is a tricky thing, but undertaking a project with successful returns can be immensely rewarding. This is what happened to the city of San Francisco, where the newly constructed Presidio Tunnel Tops, a 14-acre park that brings back the previously destroyed area of Doyle Drive and gives the citizens of the city a new place to hang out.

The History

In October 1989, San Francisco experienced a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that caused havoc on its streets. The destruction also happened on a 1.6-mile raised stretch known as Doyle Drive. The roadway, which connected the city’s downtown area to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, was declared seismically unsafe following the disaster. For many years, the area remained underused before an architect brought up the idea of reusing the infrastructure for something better.

The Vision

Landscape architect Michael Painter was the genius behind the idea for the transformation of Doyle Drive. He suggested lowering the new roadway into tunnels and then creating a parkland above them. This would put the entire San Francisco Bay on display, as well as give bicyclists and pedestrians an open space. However, Painter died before his vision could come to life, but it did in July 2022 when the Presidio Tunnel Tops was opened. According to Asian Jansveld, a managing director of the High Line Network, a group that handles infrastructure reuse projects, this concept allows people to face the discriminatory patterns that have shaped American cities. She adds that this allows the transformation of underused areas into public places that have a positive social and economic impact on the communities.

The Attractions

The 14-acre park, which is a part of the 114 square mile Golden Gate National Recreation Area, allows for plenty of space for the citizens of San Francisco to hang out. The park consists of picnic tables nestled under the shade, a slew of driftwood benches for people to sit on, a campfire circle that is all set to host ranger talks in the future, and a huge playground where kids of all ages can play. The Presidio Steps are also perfect to catch a glimpse of the setting sun whenever the city’s fog levels are down. Not only can only relax in peace, but the area will also have a casual cafe as well as a series of rotating mobile food carts, trucks, and tents that will have a variety of cuisines.

Chinese Brand Geely Face Chip Shortage, but Sales Remain Unaffected So Far

China’s Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd., a Chinese brand, managed to hit its sales target for the year. They bet that their new vehicle’s launch would offset the temporary problem caused by a shortage of a chip and the reappearance of coronavirus cases.

Impressive Sales Record

Due to the upbeat forecast and impressive revenue growth in the first half itself, the company’s shares have gone up by 4%. A Geely spokesperson said that the chip shortage and the rise in coronavirus cases are posing a serious threat to the company’s performance in the coming months. However, the pending launch of newer vehicles means that the brand should be able to perform well in the second half as well. Geely has maintained its yearly target of 1.53 million sales.

The Reason Behind the Success

Geely and Lynk & Co are a joint venture along with Volvo as well as the electric vehicle companies Geometry and Zeekr. Together, the annual sales are estimated to reach 3.65 million vehicles by 2025. Over 30% of these sales are said to come from electrified vehicles. The company posted that recorded a 22% increase in their revenue in six months to the tune of 45 billion yuan which is $6.94 billion. The reason behind this success was a good product mix.

Over 90% of the brand’s vehicles are bought in China. However, the brand has been trying to increase its exports recently and focusing on countries in Europe and Southeast Asia. Their net profit increased only by 4%, which is about 2.38 billion yuan. This was because of the share-based payments to the tune of 641 million yuan.

The Parent Company

Geely’s parent company, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group created Zeekr in order to capture the EV market which is highly competitive at the moment. This company also has its stakes in the Daimler AG and Volvo Cars. Geely claimed that it aims to seek funding from external sources to introduce newer electric models under Zeekr.