Sun rises over soon-to-open Embarcadero SAFE Navigation Center

From parking lot to shelter for hundreds, the transformation of San Francisco’s Seawall Lot 330 is almost complete. The grounds once cluttered with heavy machinery, crates, and vehicles have been cleared for tables and chairs. The final privacy fences are up. Shrubs have been planted. Lighting is on from dusk until just past dawn on the grounds.

In my previous post, I shared a series of galleries that documented the building of this highly-publicized, hotly-debated center. The project I started in early July really had more to do with the fascination of watching asphalt turned into housing. I didn’t question snapping pictures of the buildings going up or of the crews making it all happen. But this morning, as I watched the sun rise over the center, and heard Reggie Aqui in the background announce its opening on the morning news, it became apparent to me that I’d have to find another side project. Soon the empty grounds will be filled with residents. Real people with lives who deserve privacy.

And with that realization, I leave you with a few images of this morning’s sunrise over the soon-to-be-occupied Embarcadero SAFE Navigation Center.

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Ray J. Kelly

A writer, communications specialist, children's book author, and em-dash enthusiast, Ray lives in Palm Springs, CA.