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Albany Bulb

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    These photographs are just a few I have taken over the last ten years at The Albany Bulb, also known as the Landfill, the Waterfront and just The Bulb. It is a place I feel passionate about. That much is obvious. There are many of us who believe that this piece of the much hyped Eastshore State Park should have been left untouched and unmanaged - because it is a unique example of what happens when a place naturally and organically self regulates. But the dogma of 'preservation' and 'conservation areas' 'resource protection', 'habitats' and 'liability' overrules all individual identity. They cannot leave anything untouched, un-designed. It is as if if they (the park planners) didn't make it, it has no value. Rules, guidelines, regulations, interpretive signage, fences, safety, sanctioned art - it leaves nothing to the imagination. That is what the landfill meant to us - a place of unlimited imagination.
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April 29, 2008



I am chuckling because I can just imagine you talking to this owl - but I think you are right that it seems a strange place to try to put new habitat, plus a sad loss for human creativity and those who not only think but live 'outside the box.'

Deb in Minnesota

Wow, your description of the new park sure seems different than the description I found on a park page:
"Eastshore State Park is one of the most outstanding achievements in the history of open space protection. It is the result of decades of citizen efforts to protect San Francisco Bay as a public open space resource. Over 4,000 major stakeholders and interested parties reached substantial consensus on the future uses and improvements for the park. The newly designated State seashore is a recreational facility harmonious with its natural setting."

Interesting to hear your point of view about it.


I don't think I've ever seen an owl, burrowing or otherwise, except in the zoo.


Aww Deborah, come visit the Bay Area and I'll take you for a hike in the hills at dusk - owls stare down from fir trees; raccoons, skunks and possums slink about; if you're lucky we'll see a coyote ahead on the trail. California newts with their bright orange bellies lumber across the path; lizards and garter snakes flit about, hummingbirds, finches, red wing blackbirds dash, and crows circle. The stream is home to trout and dog owners carefully stay away (mostly). Hawks hover above. Bring your dog. Hundreds of miles of off leash trails.

Compare that to the power moves at Eastshore where the 4000 'stakeholders' they talk about are soccer playing kids and their parents (the blog about the shocking 'deal' made for playing fields in Eastshore State Park coming soon!), Clint Eastwood and the other State Park commissioners, park planners, environmentalists, other assorted politicians, commissioners. Many people who fought for saving this land got pretty demoralised when the plans actually unfolded. Chief of those was the magnificent Jean Siri, the late East Bay Parks Board member who was among the 30,000 signatories - actual park users who signed the Let It Be online and paper petitions. We didn't count I guess....

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