On May 19, the City Council approved a multi-pronged Commercial Streets Program to streamline the permit approval process for expanding dining and retail to parklets and sidewalks. Last Friday many Alameda businesses and restaurants began reopening.
Briana Ortega and Simon Sotelo’s families and friends held a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, May 31, at the scene of the accident that took Ortega and Sotolo’s lives (“Rollover Accident Mars Memorial Day,” June 1).
The two photos shown above often come up as topics of conversation on social media. They are seldom shown as a pair, however. These photos were taken minutes apart some time after 1906. The photographer stood on the east side of Park Street and Central Avenue.
Park Street has been newly reconfigured and restriped, allowing more space for physical distancing while waiting in line and visiting outdoor establishments. Markings on the street itself show a new lane for short-term parking for pick-ups and drop-offs.
Weather permitting, the city will begin work on the next phase of its street repair and resurfacing projects soon. This involves asphalt concrete overlay on Park Street, from the Park Street Bridge to Eagle Avenue from 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, to 5 a.m., Monday, Nov. 5.