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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.
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.
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!
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 . . .
Good story, thanks John.
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.
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.
Well done. Excellent use of crowdfunding. Keep us posted on how this develops.
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?
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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