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It's no coincidence that the flag of the city of San Francisco depicts a phoenix rising from ashes; the city had experienced earthquakes before and had recovered from them, and it would successfully rebuild itself after this calamity too. Once the rubble was hauled away, the original street grid was restored but with modern enhancements, including more high-capacity urban roads, wider boulevards, and a revamped Fisherman's Wharf. The rebuilding efforts eventually led to the full restoration of the city—and of its reputation as a financial and cultural mecca in the West.
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