Long-disused parking lot may become retail, apartments

“This is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for,” the real estate agent representing the seller of the property at 1435 Webster St. promised prospects. “Large vacant corner commercial lot (the long-shuttered parking lot at Taylor Avenue and Webster Street). Available for current or future development.”

Stay at home, when out, use social/physical distancing

Residents and businesses in Alameda County have been ordered to shelter in place or stay at home, with exceptions for certain essential activities, business and government services and public infrastructure construction. When performing these exceptions, using social/physical distancing of at least 6 feet will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable members of our community. 

A Magickal Little Night Market, set for tomorrow night from 6 to 9 p.m., is a collaboration between Feathered Outlaw, local vendors and artisans featuring mystical wares to enhance Alameda’s West End Arts District. The Webster Street-based market began in October 2019, and has thrived each month, enhancing the 1500 block’s foot traffic by several hundred each evening.

WABA is pleased to announce a range of West End eateries participating in Alameda Restaurant Week. Drop by each for delicious eats and a stamp towards completing a raffle card. Winners of the raffle will receive gift certificates to several Island restaurants! 

Raffle cards are available at any participating restaurant. Collect six stamps during restaurant week, return the card back to any participating restaurant for a chance to win $1,000 in Alameda restaurant gift cards.  

Participating West End venues include:


On Wednesday, March 28, the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) will present a brand-new event designed to showcase the West End’s delicious eatieries. The West End is abuzz about the upcoming “A Taste of West Alameda” where everyone can come over and enjoy endless samples of West Alameda’s variety of cuisines. Mix and mingle while tasting beer, wine and spirits from Alameda Point’s own Spirit’s Alley and beyond. 

On Monday, Jan. 15, The USS Hornet Museum is holding a special day of service onboard the ship for Martin Luther King Day. The museum invites members of the community, local students, businesses and other landlubbers ages 8 and older to come aboard for a covert mission affectionately called Operation Deep Clean. Participants will swab the decks and dust exhibits to get the Hornet shipshape with a deep spring cleaning.

One of the fine amenities of the West End is Washington Park. Located at 740 Central Ave. the park is defined by “upper” and “lower” areas. The areas were designated historically. 

Upper Washington Park has existed since 1909 as one of the original parks designated at the creation of the city’s park department. In the 1950s, landfill created by developer Utah Construction, Inc. made possible the expansion of the park, and so Lower Washington Park was born. 

The West Alameda Business Association’s new logo’s prime focus is the Posey Tube superstructure built in 1928. The building was captured in the Oakland Chamber of Commerce photograph at left taken from the Alameda side of the estuary. The Oakland skyline appears prominently in the background, but the subject matter is decidedly Alameda. The image dates to some time in the late 1920s. Notice that when it opened, the Posey Tube offered just one lane of traffic in each direction. 

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) unveiled the winning West End Fairy Door last Friday with Mayor Trish Spencer. Jackie Keliiaa the door’s creator (right) won the contest WABA announced recently. She was rewarded with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony with the mayor. The door has been installed near the entrance of Wescafe. Fairy doors are an Alameda phenomenon that has caught on with many local residents. The doors can be found on trees, light poles, inside certain businesses and other places in town. 

We’ve had a great response to our new logo and Explore West End project. Thank you for your comments and your participation. We are in the process of creating a new and exciting website and will role it out early January. Stay tuned!

There are so many ways to Explore West End. This month I’ll start with the sounds. Our West
End environment creates sounds that you don’t necessarily hear in other communities.