In the fall of 1944, Americans were looking forward to the end of World War II. The staff at Fore’N'Aft, the Kaiser Richmond Shipyards' employee newsletter, could daydream of a bright and shiny future for themselves when the shipyards were no longer needed.
A new world could be created in what had been bay and mudflats a few years before — one with ample modern housing and permanent commercial buildings.
Leland Hyde, a graphic artist, drew up plans (shown above) for a futuristic city on the site. The "dream city" featured sweeping boulevards, highrise buildings interspersed with parks and a super-efficient freeway on the bay. The Marina Bay development partially fulfilled Hyde's dream. But luckily the bay restoration and trail project supplanted the plan for an ultra-modern freeway.