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Re: “Alameda Becomes a Destination

Your article over looks the first portion of the military property already under development, the NAS Fleet Industrial Supply Center, where the Bayport residential project is near completion and additional mixed use facing Jack London is planned. Included will be the office headquarters for Clif Bar. Really good water transportation between the retail on both sides of the estuary might be a win-win on many levels, including traffic and retail dollars. It's a mystery to this observer why all the new residential loft dwellers along the estuary haven't to date transformed JLS from "floundering" to vibrant.( If Oak to Ninth is the missing link for success we are in deep dooh-dooh.)

Our mini-auto row is gradually whithering and it too has been a cash cow, but we were always overshadowed by Oakland, not competition to Oakland on that account.

Some theater opponents objected on the basis that we can't compete with the screens at JLS, which is one business there which has thrived. It remains to be seen if there will be such a thing as too much success for Park Street. Right now it's pretty smooth sailing to cross the estuary and pop into the JLS parking structure. Our access is tighter and our screen seating more limited.

We are a little schizoid. People complain that we lack on island retail options available in Walnut Creek and Emeryville, but many are also critical of development in those locations as being unsuitable for The Island.

Your article just scratches the surface and it requires a new resident quite an effort to get up to speed on all the history and detail. A new person or outsider will usually immediately pronounce how obvious it is that we need a new estuary crossing, and then you can spend a half hour trying to give the history of that discussion going back to the announcement of base closure in 1993 and why it is economically and logistically prohibitive.

-an Alamedan

Posted by Mark Irons on 12/19/2007 at 10:14 AM

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