Fire Station 3 is positioned on a corner in the center of town. I always liked responding from this station as we covered both ends of the city and didn’t have those infernal ambulances. Built in 1923, it has two single apparatus rooms: one faces Pacific and the other faces Grand. A long path cuts through the grass to a brick porch with two steps up, under a metal awning to the heavy oak door. Read more >> about Growing Up in Alameda: More like a sepulcher than a place of laughter
On Sunday mornings when both of us are in town, my friend Larry, his three legged dog Maggie and I go for a walk. We walk at Maggie's pace - which, oddly enough, is not affected by her loss of a leg but by the number of spots visited and marked by other dogs.
The pace falls into a clear rhythm: 10 or 12 steps, stop and sniff, squeeze out a few drops of urine to mark her presence and then on for another dozen steps. Twice along the way Maggie blithely drops several mounds of poop, which Larry obligingly picks up poop in a plastic bag and carries it to the next drop off spot. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Walking and talking
House fire, 1984
We find another three-story Victorian with smoke coming from the eaves. The house is a little like the one in the movie Psycho. Read more >> about Growing Up in Alameda: What’s “Psycho” doing in Alameda?
After walking and driving the streets of Alameda for the past five-plus years, I began to think that I know this town pretty well. Intellectually I knew that was an overstatement, but emotionally, the feeling that Alameda was filling the place in me where "hometown" resides was very strong.
To my delight, I discovered how many streets of Alameda I hadn't yet been down or along this past Sunday. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: New streets
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence local news review. Here’s what happened on the Island this week.
Island drivers, prepare: Overnight closures of the Park Street Bridge began this week. The closures are scheduled to take place from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday until August 14. Read more >> about The Broad Brush: Your Alameda news in 60 seconds