Sometimes, “what’s old” is more interesting than “what’s new.” That’s the case with the great buildings on Park Street.
Prior to 1864, Alameda was home to just a few small farmhouses scattered around the peninsula. With improved railroad transportation came hubs of commerce along the train routes, including the historic Park Street District. By 1905 more than 150 ornate commercial buildings lined the downtown streets. But, as time progressed, many of the older buildings were either torn down or converted into something else.
February and March provide an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the contributions of people who have had an impact on Alameda’s history and society.
Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is an annual observance in February that helps us recall important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Women’s History Month in March highlights the contributions of women.
In 1887, a group of Alamedans who viewed electricity as an essential public service came together to create what would become the oldest public electric utility west of the Mississippi. Now, 132 years later, a new generation of Alamedans has come together to ensure that Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) meets the community’s evolving energy needs.
More than 50 years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed February American Heart Month. Every year doctors announce new magic pills or surgical techniques to cure heart problems. Cardiovascular disease has been attributed to smoking, eating habits, weight problems, high-cholesterol, high blood pressure and just plain genetic bad luck.