A Seawall for All

A Seawall for All

San Francisco’s Generational Project

Case Study

The San Francisco Seawall provides flood protection for San Francisco’s historic waterfront, from Fisherman’s Wharf down to the Giants Ballpark. The Seawall was initially constructed more than a hundred years ago, in order to enable shipping to come straight to the shoreline of San Francisco. The Seawall protects some of San Francisco’s most iconic and economically active sites, including the city’s Financial District. Now the Seawall will need from $2.5 to $5 billion in improvements to protect against seismic disruption and sea level rise.

As part of its approach to this multi-generational project, San Francisco is engaging with its community to both educate them about the Seawall and learn their interests and concerns. While the Seawall is next to some of the most expensive real estate in the country, its existence protects the tourist industry at Fisherman’s Wharf, including many small businesses and jobs held by low-income individuals; vital transportation links including the BART/Muni station at Embarcadero, and the thriving Financial District in downtown San Francisco. The Seawall outreach will help demonstrate to residents how the project benefits people at all income levels, while ensuring that the project is designed to meet their needs.

Most of the Seawall is located underground, where residents can’t see the vital infrastructure that protects the waterfront.

The Seawall is a project of the Port of San Francisco, which manages the waterfront area on behalf of the city. Much of the city’s major tourist areas and financial district are protected by the Seawall.