Archive for February, 2009

Knockers south

26 February 2009

knockers

Now is a good time to post this picture taken last June, if only to remind myself that summer will return. This is looking up from Moraga Road, near the Piedmont maintenance yard, at the open land south of Mountain View Cemetery, and of course we are looking once again at knockers.

It’s a scramble to reach those rocks, but they promise the peace of a well-earned private perch with a great view. One or two of the rocks on this slope are appreciated by the local youth, to judge by the paint and other signs. Having been such a youth myself, I can’t object.

Just up the road from this spot is a sweet, discreet trail connecting to Abbott Way.

trail

The 40th Street cut

18 February 2009

roadcut

Apparently there are people besides me wandering my neighborhood and seeing the vanished past. This image comes from the 40th Street Cut blog, the record of an effort to put together an art show inspired by the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood. I have to say these guys know what grabs me.

The Key Route used to cut through the ridge running east of Broadway between Macarthur and CCA (which I’ve called Montgomery ridge, but on an old map it’s called Thermal Hill). This photo shows that cut before the tracks were pulled up and the cut filled in again. If I only had an hour to examine its walls!

The walls of the cut are steep, but there was no bedrock in it—that’s why the cut was made, because the work was easy. The material of the hill is stiff, well-compacted alluvium from a large, ancient fan that has had gulches cut into it by modern streams. Here the ridge was flanked by the two branches of Glen Echo Creek, one running along Broadway from the Claremont golf course and the other coming down from the cemetery grounds. (They join along Richmond Boulevard just north of 30th Street.) There was no danger of landsliding or rockfalls.

Geologists love roadcuts. In this part of Oakland they’re quite rare.

Oh—the 40th Street Cut people are having an opening reception Thursday the 18th, downtown. Details on the blog.


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