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Oakland’s Architectural Oddities.

Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought I’d share some of my favorite architectural faces, animals, and grotesques that you can find right here in downtown Oakland. At first glance, you might think these are gargoyles, but they’re not. Gargoyles are mythical beings, usually carved […]

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Keep Oakland Beautiful Point Of Interest: Bank Of America Building.

Keep Oakland Beautiful Points of Interest remind us of how interesting and beautiful Oakland is and why we should care about protecting it. Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. Located on Broadway, between 12th and 13th Streets, the Bank Of America Building is one of downtown Oakland’s older landmarks. Built in […]

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Oakland’s Watersheds and Creeks.

Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. In anticipation of the upcoming Oakland Creek to Bay Day (September 19, 2015), I thought it might be interesting to learn about Oakland’s watersheds and creeks. First, let’s start with some definitions. A ‘watershed’ is an area that separates waters, so they flow to different, […]

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Beautifying Public Trash Containers.

Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. Oakland has been enhancing the look of its public trash containers for some time now. The most recent example, installed last week, is a tile mosaic on a trash container located on Broadway, between 7th and 8th Sts. This mosaic depicts a pair of Snowy Egrets, […]

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Keep Oakland Beautiful Point Of Interest: Tallest Building in Oakland.

Keep Oakland Beautiful Points of Interest remind us of how interesting and beautiful Oakland is and why we should care about protecting it. Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. Do you have any idea which building in Oakland is the tallest? It’s not the Bank of America Building (although it was) […]

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Keep Oakland Beautiful Point Of Interest: GSBF Bonsai Garden At Lake Merritt.

Keep Oakland Beautiful Points of Interest remind us of how interesting and beautiful Oakland is and why we should care about protecting it. Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. Did you know that Oakland is home to the only major, all-volunteer bonsai garden in the United States? Japanese Flowering Apricot (foreground, […]

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Keep Oakland Beautiful Point Of Interest: Oakland Chinatown.

Keep Oakland Beautiful Points of Interest remind us of how interesting and beautiful Oakland is and why we should care about protecting it. Please click on the photographs to enlarge and clarify them. One of the oldest Chinatowns in North America, the history of Oakland Chinatown begins in the 1850s, right around the time that […]

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Keep Oakland Beautiful Point Of Interest: Lake Merritt.

Keep Oakland Beautiful Points of Interest remind us of how interesting and beautiful Oakland is and why we should care about protecting it. Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. Located just east of downtown Oakland and west of the Oakland Hills, Lake Merritt is one of Oakland’s jewels. Previously known as […]

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Keep Oakland Beautiful Point Of Interest: Caldecott Tunnel.

Keep Oakland Beautiful Points of Interest remind us of how interesting and beautiful Oakland is and why we should care about protecting it. Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. One of the most well-known features in Oakland is the Caldecott Tunnel (now four tunnels). But, even though many of us pass […]

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Keep Oakland Beautiful Point of Interest: Lightship RELIEF.

Keep Oakland Beautiful Points of Interest remind us of how interesting and beautiful Oakland is and why we should care about protecting it. Note: For optimum viewing, please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. At the foot of Clay Street, in Oakland’s Inner Harbor, a national historical landmark rides the tide. This […]

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