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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Culture Spy

Re: “Artisans Revive Oakland's Blacksmith Tradition

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Posted by Editor on 06/09/2014 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Preserving the Old Bay Bridge

As was pointed out above, the old bridge is a home and roosting area for hundreds of cormorants and other waterfowl who will be displaced, if not killed outright, by the imminent demolition of the old bridge. There's really no comparable place for them to go once it's gone - land sites on Treasure or Yerba Buena islands are unsuitable and vulnerable to predators.

Why not use some of the remaining pieces of the old bridge, specifically those H-shaped structures with firm foundations in the bay floor that supported the old bridge, to support an artificial island for the birds? It could be the world's biggest birdhouse, an apartment building for birds. With input from ornithologists, architects and artists, it would be both suitable for the various species, structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing.

It could be sited just off the new park that's supposed to go in, and provide bird-watching opportunities for its visitors. Something like this would probably cost billions to build from scratch, but all the essential structure is there already. The money that would otherwise be spent to tear these structures down could be re-routed towards the construction of this project.

Andrew Werby

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Posted by Andrew Werby on 02/07/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Preserving the Old Bay Bridge

There are hundreds of cormorants residing on about 3000 liner feet on the underside of the old span. I never noticed them until I biked the new bridge. There does not appear to be any new real estate for these birds on the underside of the new span. Hopefully the demo goes slow enough they find new homes in batches.

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Posted by Vince Rubino on 02/01/2014 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Preserving the Old Bay Bridge

Re-use would be fine, if there's some practical, off-site use for the assembly. (It's hard to believe it would be more practical to haul all those tons of steel clear across the Pacific!)

On the other hand, in its current location, the relic is an ugly hulk that blocks the expansive views of Oakland and the Bay that the new bridge finally opens up for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike. Tear it down!

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Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 01/31/2014 at 12:48 AM

Re: “Preserving the Old Bay Bridge

It's a bridge. As an employee of bridge engineer
T.Y. Lin International for 13 years, I saw plenty of bridges. This one is not exceptional. Emotions are understood; but should be reserved for our loved ones. It is simply structural steel and rivets . . . it has no more reverence than a chunk of concrete from the long past Embarcadero elevated freeway. Let it go its' way . . .

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Posted by Carl Maletic on 01/29/2014 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Preserving the Old Bay Bridge

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Posted by Editor on 01/29/2014 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Artists at the Bridge Get New Life

Good story, thanks John.

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Posted by Charles T. Smith on 01/24/2014 at 8:14 AM

Re: “The Waiting Rooms

Remain creative

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Posted by Malik Seneferu on 01/15/2014 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Taggers by Night, Muralists by Day

Only the East Bay Express would have us believe that extortion can be disguised as "restorative justice." I'd be willing to wager $20 that if I vandalize Robert Gammon's automobile, he won't be willing to pay me to repair the damage.

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Posted by Eric Tremont on 12/22/2013 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Taggers by Night, Muralists by Day

I might propose a 25 cent per unit surcharge on spray cans sold in Californica, to finance the construction of a new tagger prison system that would feature large vertical concrete slabs that remain clean during the miscreants' eight to ten years of incarceration, the better to remind them of the meaning of respect and civilisation.

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Posted by Estanislao Deloserrata on 12/19/2013 at 4:07 AM

Re: “Street Stories With a Global Reach

Well done. Excellent use of crowdfunding. Keep us posted on how this develops.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 11/08/2013 at 9:02 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Big Freedia

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Posted by Editor on 10/03/2013 at 7:50 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Big Freedia

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Posted by Editor on 10/03/2013 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Documenting Oakland's Recyclers

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Posted by Editor on 08/31/2013 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Documenting Oakland's Recyclers

Very interested in the video - I live right near there. When I pass the people sleeping in the parks I constantly wonder how we can do better?

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Posted by Heidi M. Petersen on 08/30/2013 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Documenting Oakland's Recyclers

I live in Dogtown, right down the street from Alliance. My neighbors and I very much dislike Alliance for it's documented and repeated neglect of our neighborhood. Unfortunately, the homeless who gather here, also piss, shit and do their drugs (a lot of them are addicts) right across the street from our houses. I've found needles in my yard more than a few times. I salute the hard working homeless people I see busting their arse to make a living, it enrages me to no end that Alliance takes no responsibility when it comes to cleaning up after the people they make so much money off of.

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Posted by Isaac Anthony on 08/30/2013 at 1:01 AM

Re: “Shots, Licks, and Male Ennui

Just because they rap doesn't mean they're not in a Shakespeare theater.

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Posted by Alan Barnes on 07/14/2013 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Shots, Licks, and Male Ennui

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Posted by Editor on 07/12/2013 at 12:24 PM

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Posted by smokieD on 06/22/2013 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Resurrection of Rappin' 4-Tay

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