Lowland slides

As Darby commented on an earlier post, you don’t need to be in the hills to find hazards. A good fraction of the residential landslides in Oakland get mentioned in the Tribune, and they happen downslope, too, mainly along the creeks. Last week my buddy Jef visited a notorious example along Wallace Street, downvalley from Highland Hospital. The one above, on McKillop Street in the Fruitvale neighborhood, made the news throughout 2006, and I prepared a rudimentary case study of it for my About.com site.

The clues are plain, both on the map and on the ground. Look below: Just a few steps from that pitiful collapsed house is this view toward the hills. It’s pretty; it’s worth a little extra on a home’s selling price. But why is there a big empty space in the middle of one of Oakland’s older neighborhoods? A fire might clear a lot of land, but people would rebuild. Why does McKillop Street have two parts, one here and a stub at the far end of the park? Why isn’t there a nice bluff along Sausal Creek like there is elsewhere?

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3 Responses to “Lowland slides”

  1. Jessica Says:

    Hey Andrew,

    I found your blog through A Better Oakland. It totally rocks (sorry, bad pun. Anyway, I’m enjoying it, and I;’m enjoying learning more about the ground beneath my feet!

    Jessica

  2. Bruce Tutcher Says:

    Hello Andrew, I had read this post, and the study on about.com some time ago. Just today I was reading the following article. On page 14 it references a huge landslide on McKillop in 1934. I wonder if the map you posted had not been updated until much later? http://www.sausalcreek.org/pdf/Sausal_History.pdf

  3. Andrew Says:

    Thanks for finding that! I imagine that the map is not a good age control, but it was all I had when I wrote the piece.

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