Monthly Archives: December 2007

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Lauren Do has a great discussion on Charter Schools in Alameda. I noticed a recurring theme in a couple of comments made here: “My idea of the greater good is that the best and brightest kids get the chance to…

Welcome to the Jungle Jim

A quick shout out to Lauren Do, whose new monthly column, “Vocal Minority,” started running today in the Alameda Sun. Thanks for the image of Mayor Beverly Johnson taking on all comers in the Festivus Feats of Strength. For those…

Why Can’t We Be Friends

Change is in the air. Anyone who grew up watching Christmas TV shows in the ‘70’s knows that anything can happen during the holidays. Evil Magicians suddenly befriend Snowmen, Abominable Snowmen stop eating elves and become Santa’s helpers, Heck two…

One night Only

Last night’s Alameda Point meeting was a breath of fresh air. Close to 200 people attended (this is my guesstimate) and got involved in solid discussions about building at the Point. The concepts presented were high level (no specifics, just…

Dance This Mess Around

At the Transportation Commission meeting tonight (12/12), the TC will be receiving a report on “Review of Practices to Evaluate Development Impacts to Bicycles, Pedestrians, and Transit.” Don’t fall asleep just yet!  As boring and mundane as this sounds (and…

Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Last Thursday, I mentioned a report card issued by Action Alameda on redevelopment in Alameda.  Report cards are great organizing tools, done well, they can crystallize a set of complex information into a short, easy to read format.  Done well.

Dream

Quick, think about Alameda Point. What’s it going to look like? It’s a pretty abstract concept really, and difficult to picture in one’s head. Does it all look like South Shore? Or Harbor Bay? Or heaven forbid, Park Street? Chances…

What’s the Matter Here

There’s a saying in Journalism. One is an exception, Two is a coincidence, Three is a trend. After the shooting death on Halloween of Iko, the Encinal High School student, spontaneous showings of compassion and community support broke out. Newspapers…

Birds Fly

Tonight, the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority (ARRA) will hear a presentation by the Veterans Administration (VA) for their plan to build a 53 acre Columbrium/Masauleum, 250,000 sf Hospital, 240,000 Administration building, and 80,000 sf clinic at Alameda Point. The…