The human overlay

Oakland’s landscape has changed a lot over the years. The first settlers saw none of this but the sky and the hills; the foreground was grasslands teeming with grazers, wolves and grizzly bears. Even the grasses were different. The hills didn’t have the big quarry scar, and there were no palms. The view is much prettier from directly above this spot, in a BART car heading south out of Fruitvale station.

human overlay

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