Treasure Island sits in the middle of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge and exemplifies the rapid cycling of American progress and dereliction.
This artificial island was first created as part of the Golden Gate International Expo in 1936 and 1937, planned for and used as an airport for Pan American World Airways flying boats. During WWII it became part of the Treasure Island Naval Base and mainly served as an electronics and communication training school for WWII.
In the recent years the navy base was closed and now the island belongs to the City and County of San Francisco. A development project has been approved to convert the island in a self-sustaining area and now waits to be realized, even though the actual plan was delayed and first activities are expected by 2012.
In the meanwhile Tresure Island sits as a half abandoned testament to wartime construction. These boarded up buildings serve as reminders.
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