Would This Stop Golden Gate Bridge Suicides?

Would This Stop Suicides? San Francisco

Serbia’s Suicide Prevention Office hired McCann Erikson to create this ad campaign that projects words of support onto the water under jump spots on Belgrade bridges. The message can only be seen when looking down from the spots.

Why not try it on the Golden Gate?

(Spotted @)

Bay Bridge Pretty in Pink

Bay Bridge in Pink from the Flickr stream of shawnmebo

A scanning project to capture 100 years worth of family photography includes some shots of San Francisco in the ’50s and ’60s, taken by the scanner’s grandmother. I love that she kept the pink hue on several of them, which I assume is from improper film development. (It would have been too easy to grayscale them in Photoshop.)

(Spotted @ the SU Flickr pool.)

Friday What The… Double Deck Golden Gate Bridge?

Double Deck Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

First of all, I can’t tell which way most of those 1960s cars are traveling. One thing I do know: that bus and everyone on it are screwed. And wow, that sure is a lush and green post-Summer of Love San Francisco awaiting the hep cats that are fortunate to be headed the right direction.

(via Eric Fischer)
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Photo: Infamous Bay Bridge Crack

Photo: Infamous Bay Bridge Crack

@ekai via @case points us to this extensive engineer’s analysis of the Bay Bridge’s woes. Do I feel compelled to read the whole damn thing? Not exactly. What I did do was scan for the juicy bits and offer them up here.

That image above is the best quality photo around of the original crack they found back on Labor Day that led to the “fix” which of course FAILed and came crashing down on drivers the other day and closed the bridge.

This engineer thinks the fix was a “kludge” (awesome word), i.e., it was under designed. But he also thinks we can possibly blame the Cal Trans guy who did the welding.

The good news is he thinks the original design of the bridge is pretty darn solid, which should make you feel good if you ever get to use it again.