Back before it became a tony townhome colony, the Leona Quarry was Oakland’s largest quarry and a major eyesore. I took a photo through the fence in January 2003, shortly after work began on the redevelopment:
Here’s a more distant view taken that March, from Burckhalter Park:
And this was in September 2005.
The city has a long page of documents about the site. The most recent vegetation report, from 2007, notes that most of the hundreds of trees planted here are doing well, although some species shouldn’t even have been considered for the dry, west-facing rocky location. It also notes several notorious invasive plants taking over, including stinkwort (“smells like Noxzema”). Stinkwort is the only green weed at this time of year, a formidable competitive trait.
I would have preferred reforestation without new homes. The smooth amphitheater is an unnatural landform, and the things it does to sound from the freeway must be disconcerting to residents. You might think that the Hayward fault is nearby; not so much. It runs nearly a mile away. Well-built new homes should be fine here, meaning they won’t kill you in the next big earthquake.