Definitely not Alameda specific but I thought it would be sort of fun, NPR — that’s National Public Radio — is asking folks to take photos or make sound recording of the “Heart” of their cities. I’m not sure if the contest is limited to big urban cities, but I think that everyone who loves their city — big or small — has an idea of what constitutes the heart of the city.
Amazingly enough though I heard about it from Twitter, they don’t want submissions via Twitter:
Snap a photo or make a quick recording, then send it our way via email (nprcities at npr dot org), Flickr (tag your photo #nprcities), Tumblr (tag your submission #nprcities) or SoundCloud (make sure your clip is downloadable). We will use some of your submissions in an interactive graphic.
Include your name, the name of the person who took the picture or recorded the sound, the location of the photo or audio (full address or street intersection, including city and state), and describe your submission in 300 characters (!!!) telling us what makes it the “heart of your city.”
I imagine the most obvious “heart” of Alameda could be the blade sign at Alameda Theater or maybe a shot of City Hall, but personally I like the more non-obvious Alameda sites. Like the Bay Farm Bike Bridge or the Crolls Building on Webster.
And in other Alameda related new, Oakland has rejected the application for the Tidewater location which had made some Alameda residents uncomfortable given its proximity to Alameda. The applicants could reapply, but they would have to select a new location.
Finally to round out the random Alameda bits, someone started a pretty neat Tumblr site. Tumblr, for those that are not familiar with it is sort of like blogging, but relies more on photos and odd random quotes, it’s more of a, um, for ease of description, on-line scrapbook. So anyway, this Tumblr is about the overflowing trash cans on Park Street, one of my big pet peeves. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen an empty Park Street garbage can and honestly it’s downright nasty. Hopefully this Tumblr will draw more attention to it, if you have overflowing garbage photos you can always send them to the Tumblr site, but honestly I haven’t quite figured out the whole Tumblr thing yet.