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Although there was a lot I liked about Suncal’s plan I still voted no on B. The reason is because they simply want to build too many units (10,000 more people!). Also after checking Suncal’s website I observed that their prior developements were very drab and unappealing in archetectural style.
You mentioned that there would be a new bridge and bart station but I didn’t see anything regarding either of those in the master plan (please direct me to where they say they will build a new bridge and bart).
Additionally I feared that the developement would leave The Point looking like a golf course which would diminish the character of Alameda Point (its much nicer abandoned than looking like a golf course with industrial park style landscaping). I feared that many of the existing trees would be cut down and that the community gardens and nursury would be built over as the plan shows.
I do NOT want The Point to resemble the bland landscape of Bay Farm Island. Bay Farm Island should not be an aesthetic model for Alameda Point. Alameda Point could be something much more inspiring. It could be the Golden Gate Park of the East Bay.
I agree with you that we need to develope in urban areas rather than increase sprawl but people still badly need autonomous zones. Free, open, natural spaces to enjoy are essential for the human spirit to thrive. Not bland planned community landscapes.
Alameda Point could be a mecca for recreation and nature. It could host multiple community gardens and habitat plants in natural arrangements, and provide refreshing relief from the type of congestion that measure B proposed and what we already deal with on a daily basis.
I am all in favor of smart urban planning but it seems that the concept of truely open and natural settings that also allow for individuality and artistic self expression are missing from many of the so called “smart growth” models. There are many more niches where the “smart growth” model can be carried out without giving up the places that are special, like Alameda Point and The Albany Bulb which resedents of Albany have been fighting against developers to keep as is.
San Francisco is a great model for smart density while still retaining more open space than many other urban areas. Let people have a place to breath free, please!
The city of Alameda has began working on building a bicycle/pedestrian bridge to Jack London Square (see the link I provided) and the BRT–bus rapid transit–line was part of SunCal’s $200 million infrastructure package. I’m with you on your concerns over building another Bay Farm, which was a major reason for bringing in Calthorpe & Associates, a nationally-renown urban design firm. Economically speaking, Alameda Point is simply too big to convert into a giant park, but the Calthorpe/SunCal plan did provide just about as much open space as you could hope for. In the end, I think your fear and skepticism is representative of a lot of Alameda given the bad experiences with developers in the past, and it’s going to take a better developer deal by SunCal and less hysteria by the fringe anti-any-change Alamedans to get something done. The longer Alameda does nothing, the greater the loss in tax revenues that could be stabilizing the school district’s budget, etc.
I am writing a paper about Bay View Hunter’s Point and I am curious about where you found the image of the Shipyard during WW2 with the three men standing above it? I would like to find out more about this image.
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