I live on the base formerly known as NAS Alameda. It belongs to the city of Alameda now, and they're talking about tearing it all down and building shops and high occupancy housing. Right now, the base is the only place on the island where there is "elbow room", and they plan to "fix" that by tearing everything down and cramming in as much brick, mortar and pavement as they can.
The real shame in that, aside from the obvious, is that there are some really wonderful details of architecture and landscape that should be preserved.
I've lived here for a couple of years and walk my dogs on base. Most of the buildings are abandoned and there's a weirdly apocalyptical feeling about it. One of the buildings that borders the village green in front of City Hall West looks like it might once have been a high school. It's cordoned off by battered chain link rental fence, and it's easy to see fencing and facade, but as I was trying to focus the camera on the perspective shot down the hallway, a dog jerked my arm trying to go after a squirrel, and I turned -- to see a massive horse head!
There are two massive art deco style horse sculptures flanking the entry halls! One is almost entirely hidden in bushes now, and the other still bright and rampant, but both are in danger of destruction in the name of progress.
It may be years before the building starts, and I definitely need to charge my camera so I'm not relying on a cell phone for low res pix, but I'm going to spend some time documenting the things on base I think shouldn't be lost.
First up is the photo composite of some trees in my yard. The trees are huge, old and tagged! Every tree on base wears a dog tag!
The art deco horses are next.
The O'Club always makes me laugh, for obvious reasons.
Enjoy, everyone! Some day, all this will be gone.