In 2010-2011 we assisted the City of Foster City with the existing conditions analysis for the Land Use & Circulation Element of its General Plan. This involved lots of photos.
Foster City is a master-planned “new town” founded in the 1960s on engineered landfill in the marshes of the San Francisco Bay. The city was named after T. Jack Foster, a real estate magnate who owned much of the land comprising the city and who was instrumental in its initial design.
The neighborhoods in Foster City are numbered: Neighborhoods 1 through 9, as well as C, L, PT, TC and VP. The street names area also named around themes such as fish, ports and famous explorers.
The first homes in Neighborhood 1 were completed in 1964. Homes were provided by three developers: Kay Builders, Duc and Elliot and Joseph Eichler, chosen by city founder T. Jack Foster to provide variety. Homes from each builder were situated together on each street to provide variety. The sales were brisk and Neighborhood 2 soon followed, with homes by the same three developers. The single family homes were completed by 1969, though apartments and townhouses continued to be developed into the next decades.
The photos here show Neighborhood 1 and 2, with streets named after famous ships and birds, respectively.