Blogging Bayport Alameda

March 16, 2012

I left my heart

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

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.



  1. at least the cans are full because people use them. I don’t notice too much loose trash around Park street, though the black stains from gum on the sidewalk make you realize why chewing the stuff is illegal in Singapore. I never notice fresh gum, but there are literally hundreds of old ones. We’re on Oak St, the ped and bike route to Otis at the break in the lagoon. People buy fast food at the mall and finish it about the time they pass our house. If my pick up isn’t parked out front the my lawn usually suffices, or the gutter. couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bitch. It’s all the fault of that City Council, accept for Doug of course.

    Comment by M.I. — March 16, 2012 @ 8:10 am

  2. It would be nice if we approached the concept of zero waste more aggressively. We like to use the term quite a bit. The waste from take out food containers is staggering. Not just the fastfood places. My wife and I walk the beach from Park St to Crown picking up trash every weekend. A lot of the smaller plastic is washed in with the tide and gets trapped by the tidepools. But there is a lot of stuff from the McDonalds across the road. The worst is the empty dipping sauce packets from the McNuggets and the foil ketchup packets.

    Lots of dead birds lately. Dont know what that is about.

    Comment by frank — March 16, 2012 @ 11:02 am

  3. Isn’t it the beautiful tree lined streets? Oh wait a minute, we cut those down….Isn’t it our beautiful beaches? Oh hold on we can’t go in the water due to lack of funds to train safety personnel.

    Comment by Really? — March 16, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

  4. Really? I have been enjoying driving down Central and some other streets and seeing the lovely big trees that arch over the roadway greening up. And I saw many people at the beach over the last few weeks – young, old, teens, enjoying the beaches. Geez, talk about seeing the glass half empty! Stop a moment, drink in the Spring. Let the rain wash away the dust and enjoy the flowers and trees burgeoning with new life. We live in a beautiful city, full of caring and amiable people. Care about your issues and speak up about them, but note that our community has, especially recently, been responsive to its problems. And there is no city that is problem-free.

    Comment by Kate Quick — March 16, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

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