And the thing is, I didn’t mean to be. I’m really enjoying my exploring Oakland project. I think I did get a little freaked out after a couple of days walking around Lowell Playground watching too many drive-by transactions. But that was a short-lived slump. I’m back on the horse, enjoying and appreciating the many good things West Oakland has to offer.
And no, I don’t really wish a big-box store on the place. Here are a few better ideas. They aren’t any better thought out than my Target idea—just better generally.
- Affordable housing. (Note to developers: "From the low 500's!" is not affordable.)
- Community garden.
- Library--this is an enormous lot. It would be like having a Powells Books where the merchandise is free.
- Farmer’s market.
- Zoo west.
- Another park designed by the same people who designed Middle Harbor Shoreline Park.
- Mother of all swimming pools.
- Minigolf. Or bowling. You can’t do either within the city of Oakland right now.
- Farmer Joe’s—with this much room, parking wars and shopping-cart collisions should be a thing of the past.
- 100,000 square-foot Fenton’s. Oakland may not exactly be crying out for this much ice cream—but the world is.