Archive for the ‘history’ Category
Oakland North is running a great set of pieces on the History of Temescal today, including sweet before and after pics of Temescal stores and intersections.
Eric Fischer’s twitter bio says it best: Geek of maps, failed transportation plans of the past, history of technology, computers, pedestrianism, and misspelled street signs.
His cartography has been featured in Newsweek and the Washington Post, among other lauded venues, but the heart of his output (as far as I know of it!) seems to be found on his Flickr stream, a conglomeration of his personal photo documentation, innovative map making and data analysis, and scans of city planning documents of the past, present, and perhaps future.
The spot that now houses Homeroom, and once housed my dentist office, an abortion clinic, and other neighborhood medical offices, was once the train yard of the Sacramento Northern line. You can find other remnants of the line throughout Oakland. Here’s a photo of the train above Lake Temescal:
Oakland Geology is a lovely little blog about the rocks under our feet, with thoughtful diversions into history, seismology, land management, and pretty views.