Blogging Bayport Alameda

March 5, 2014

Do not pass Go

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Point, City Council, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

I guess this has become a “thing.” And by “this” I mean anyone with a half baked idea on any particular subject can have their idea agendized and heard before a random City body.   Regardless  if that particular idea is (1) feasible or (2) conflicts with current plans that are underway.

For example, the Historic Advisory Board has on its agenda for tomorrow night a citizen idea for life sized Monopoly playing board.  Because nothing says “Alameda” more than a game about pretending to be real estate developers and building as many houses and hotels as possible hoping to bankrupt the other players if they land on your property by charging them rent.  Oh and when going to jail is actually a good thing when people start building a ton of houses and hotels so that you don’t have to pay anyone rent for three turns.

So here is the rough sketch from the HAB agenda:


You’ll note the proposed location for the plaza is in the general vicinity of where — if I’m not mistaken — the City is currently in negotiations with Del Monte.   Now, don’t get me wrong, I think the idea is super duper cute.  But it (1) sounds expensive, (2) doesn’t have a truly good placement, and (3) sounds expensive.  And why Alameda Point?   Why not the Beltline parcel, sounds like it supposed to be all passive anyway with bandstands (the Chance and Community Chest card spots in the center of the “board”) and sponsored parcels (AMP and EBMUD sponsoring the Electric Company and Waterworks tiles).  It just seems like this kind of proposal should have been vetted through staff first and if feasible, developed into something that could truly work.  As it is it’s weird that it is being presented in front of the HAB.  I’m not sure what the nexus is other than “everything at Alameda Point = historical.”



  1. Monopoly Plaza at Alameda Point is half-baked.

    On the other hand, there is this proposal for Alameda Point that for some unknown reason has remained stalled It’s the chalk art proposal for the old tennis courts and basketball courts on the south side of Alameda Point. This is the same group that did the big chalk art project near the Control Tower a few years ago. The group is willing to fix up the area at their own expense. The last I heard, it was awaiting review as to what the environmental consequences are from all the chalk washing off the surfaces. Do a post on this project. It deserves attention.

    Comment by Richard Bangert — March 5, 2014 @ 7:48 am

  2. One would think this blog would be more supportive of an alpha female, after all isn’t a self identified pimptress the feminist movement writ large?

    Comment by Jack R — March 5, 2014 @ 10:08 am

  3. Because being a feminist means that you have to support all women regardless of their merits? That’s an odd definition of feminism.

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 5, 2014 @ 10:22 am

  4. No, because here we have a lone pimptress, and a very able landscape artist I might add, out there on her own battling against a corporate giant and a skeptic public in front of the ambassadors of the dull bringing a little postage stamp park of sunlight to an otherwise dreary cityscape.

    Comment by Jack R — March 5, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

  5. I say all the more opportunitites for the HAB to demonstrate how irrelevant they are to Alameda, and how little work they actually have is good. They should have a standing agenda item of lets play a game!

    Comment by notadave — March 5, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

  6. Actually no one will like my opinion. They shouldn’t be building a wild life refuge out their they should be building houses…and public transportation. The wild life refuge should be in Stockton or somewhere. Eventually if we keep building out there will be no farmland and the cost of gas will keep increasing. So as the population increases do you keep building out or start building in?

    What I find offensive is why would a feminist subject ever come up. She could be a feminist….I don’t know or care…she just expresses her thoughts and that isn’t wrong. I hope she doesn’t change.

    Comment by Joe — March 5, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

  7. Hello. We are gathering support for this initiative through a Kickstarter campaign, so the ideas are much better developed now. I encourage you to check it out!

    Comment by Amanda Shepard — July 24, 2014 @ 9:21 am

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