Anniversaries: A Modest Bridge Party

A Modest Bridge Party

Its name, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, hardly evokes the poetic resonance of the Golden Gate Bridge, its famous sister across the water to the west. And even though the Bay Bridge is six months older and, at 8 1/4 miles, almost four times as long as its glamorous relative, the span received only small change to celebrate its 50th birthday: $70,000, vs. a projected $6 million to be lavished on the Golden Gate next May. Still, the connection between the San Francisco peninsula and the East Bay, crossed by 250,000 autos a day, helped transform once distant rural areas into...

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