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June 25, 2009

Bulbs and racks

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Theater, Business — Lauren Do @ 6:20 am

The bulb-outs in front of the Alameda Theatre are scheduled to be done early next month as is the installation of the bike racks in parking lot “C.”   Can we please name this lot something more creative?   How about we sell off naming rights to public lots in order to raise some money in Alameda.  It will be like Little League Sponsorship.   We could have the Tutttimelon lot. 

So basically with the majority of the bicycle parking going across from what will probably be the primary destination for the bicycle parkers, we’ll start seeing a lot more jaywalkers.   And we’ll see how diligent the police are about ticketing those jaywalkers, because, after all, that was the solution that the Council came up with.   Ticket the jaywalkers!  Hoo Rah!  

Apparently we can’t get enough police to people’s homes to take care of vandals terrorizing people’s neighborhoods that one block in response to one random incident has gone all vigilantewith air horns and coordinated light turning-ons and photo snapping, but yet we’re going to have enough cops hanging around the theater to check to make sure that pedestrians aren’t darting across the street mid-block.

Personally, I think that stretch in front of the Theatre is much too small, sidewalk wise.  Now that Angela’s has put in their sidewalk dining fence it’s ridiculously narrow for a major pedestrian path.    I can’t imagine that the restaurants and wine bars will ever get rid of their outdoor patio space, so really, the City needs to do something to be more accommodating to pedestrians.  

And since I’m talking about one of Alameda’s major shopping cooridors, I just want to say how much I love the Farmers’ Market move to Haight Street and the move to a Saturday morning on the West end of town.   I know that it is inconvenient for some drivers, but there is something thrilling about a street being closed down and being used for pedestrian activities.   I’ve been to the new and improved Farmers’ Market several times and it never fails to make me really happy.



  1. With the construction of the parking garage, the parking lot across the street from the theater should be turned into a park. It is the perfect place for a small urban park. Also, close off the one block of Alameda Avenue between Park and Oak for pedestrian use only. The downtown needs a focus and “Lot C” could be a great urban oasis.

    Comment by AlamedaNayTiff — June 25, 2009 @ 7:50 am

  2. ANT: I totally agree, I would love to see a pedestrian gathering place on Park Street.

    Comment by Lauren Do — June 25, 2009 @ 8:10 am

  3. If the old gas station cannot be economically rehabbed or re-used, it could also make a nice public piazza.

    Comment by dave — June 25, 2009 @ 8:20 am

  4. Lauren:

    The bike racks in lot C are in and ready for use. You can ride your bike to the theater and park it in a highly visible location. Your on your own for how you get to the theater. Also, the construction crew was forming the bulbouts earlier this week.

    Comment by Jeff Cambra — June 25, 2009 @ 9:01 am

  5. Here’s a link to the vision offered by megaplex opponents BEFORE the ugly parking garage was built. Where were all pedestrian advocates then? Oh yes, I remember—they were busy cheering for the downtown garage and calling the opponents names. I guess some things cannot be made better unless they are completely ruined first–like the civic center we could have had.


    Comment by AD — June 25, 2009 @ 9:03 am

  6. While I have to chuckle and agree with AD that all these ideas (1-4) were thought of before, I still have to say I LIKE THEM!

    Took the grandkids to the movies last weekend. All the hoopda and noise out front.

    Why the heck didn’t they think it through and do all that when they were pouring the new sidewalk?

    Seems to me like can’t nothing be done in this town ONCE. Gotta tear up the streets at least twice, maybe three times before it is done right…

    Comment by Jayne Smythe — June 25, 2009 @ 11:21 am

  7. #5
    “calling the opponents names”

    Uh, no…it was the opponents calling everyone else names. Many people who were critical of the cineplex itself, or the design or some other aspect were disappointed by your rhetoric and distanced themselves from your group. They still spoke their minds, just not in concert with the “anti” group.

    Comment by Linda Hudson — June 25, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

  8. “Many people who were critical of the cineplex” were more afraid of losing their friends in high places, so they kept quiet instead and let it happen.

    Marginalizing people by calling them names is as old as the world. Clearly, your party won.

    Comment by AD — June 25, 2009 @ 6:28 pm

  9. I like the Cineplex as a concept … the people who run the place, however, are freakin’ idiots. The customer service there is AWFUL.

    Comment by Jeff R. Thomason — June 25, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

  10. aaawhhhaa Linda….

    I’m sure you’ll be sayin the same about the SunCal plan.

    Comment by GF — June 25, 2009 @ 8:37 pm

  11. Does anybody understand the function of the bulb outs as they are designed? I took a look at them tonight and I understand the drainage part of the design, but the over all placement and size puzzles me.

    My response to Jayne would be that the preliminary design was based on fear of worst case scenarios for traffic and making a retrofit based on actual use of the street may be a little inefficient but not entirely an unreasonable approach. My problem is making sense of what is being done and why.

    One other problem is post baloney.

    Comment by M.I. — June 25, 2009 @ 10:54 pm

  12. Post 8 is not baloney. Many neighbors on my street (long-time Alameda residents) were against the project but their “style” is to kick back and let others fight the fight. I’ve seen this on several issues. Hell, they wouldn’t even lift a finger to get rid of the drug dealers.

    This post is funny to me because I vividly recall the anti-megaplex crowd putting forth ideas for civic plaza that were completely ignored. Now, I see that some like the idea.

    Comment by Jack B. — June 26, 2009 @ 5:53 am

  13. MI: The purpose of the bulbouts are to protect the marquee. That’s pretty much it.

    Comment by Lauren Do — June 26, 2009 @ 7:15 am

  14. I dropped my car at a mechanic this a.m. and looked again on my walk home. The bulb outs are opposed to the outlets for the two restaurants, assisting in reducing bottle necks between people entering and exiting and linear foot traffic, at least on the burger side, and I noted the marquee situation is now protected from trucks. The bulb out locations didn’t look symmetrical and the one on the wine side it is cheated toward the theater entrance and not centered on outlet to the wine venue. The net center area looks like it will be short enough that it may be awkward for drivers to pull in and out for drop off. It occurred to me the drop off may end up being down stream from there. The big clumsy planer box things are obviously to keep drivers from bumping up onto the walkable part of the bulb outs and running over peds. I realize I am second guessing the effort of a professional of some sort who gave the situation close scrutiny, so as they say, “whatever!”

    Comment by M.I. — June 26, 2009 @ 9:25 am

  15. Is it just me or do the racks look to be of limited use? They’re oriented so that if you put your bike in the way one usually would, parallel to the metal bars, there’s not enough room for the bike’s rear wheel before bumping into the raised curb. It looks like a funky/ill-conceived layout. Or maybe they’re going to take out the curb? If not, and people lock their bikes going the other direction, it’ll block most of the space for bikes, and few will be able to utilize them…

    Comment by Sandra — June 26, 2009 @ 10:11 am

  16. #8
    “Marginalizing people by calling them names is as old as the world.”

    And you do it quite well, Ani.

    And AD,GF, there are plenty of independent thinkers, such as Mark Irons, who bring up cogent ideas and critiques. But I guess they don’t count because they’re not “one of you.” Thank God.

    Comment by Linda Hudson — June 26, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

  17. Bulb out the entire street! The sidewalk IS to narrow to accommodate tables and movie lines as well as pedestrians!

    Comment by MRA — June 29, 2009 @ 10:21 am

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