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03 April 2006

Pacific Commons pics

Good pictures from the one day with decent weather in a while.

First up is a wide shot from the northwest corner of the site. Mission Peak is the mountain on the left covered in shadow.

Then we have a closeup that's more representative of how close and tall the mountains are to human eyes.

This next photo was taken from the southeast corner of the site away towards the mountain range. The fence in the foreground represents the boundary between the buildable land and the protected marsh.

Here's a view of the fence running the opposite direction towards the west/Bay.

The protected area, with the causeway that runs over the land, allowing for uninterrupted tidal flow.

This picture was taken on the causeway section of Cushing Parkway, looking northwest on the way to Pacific Commons. The road is four lanes wide with ample space for bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides. Parking is not allowed anywhere on Cushing Parkway. South of the causeway, it becomes a six-lane road. The road conveniently terminates at its south end at an intersection with Fremont Boulevard, where Cushing Parkway becomes an on-ramp for I-880 South. Northbound drivers can make a left at the intersection and drive an extra 1/4 mile before reaching the on-ramp for I-880 North.

The ecosystem in the area continues to thrive despite encroaching development. The last shot I got was the next one. If you can guess what that is in the middle of the picture, you may be able to pick up on the irony of it.

16 comments:

jonclaude4 said...

Great pics ML...thanks!

Anonymous said...

That second pic is great. I like to sit behind home plate on the second deck, and if the stadium got built there and was orientated to face those mountains then I'd have no problem with that view.

tony d. said...

Who needs downtown high rises looming over the outfield when you can have MISSION PEAK!! Great stuff R.M!

Anonymous said...

This is a horrible site. There is no good public transportation infrastructure at this site.

Anonymous said...

There isn't now but who's to say that in 4-5 years there still won't be public transportation.

Anonymous said...

Then explain why the Warm Springs Bart Station or any Bart Stations in the South Bay hasn't been built yet?

Anonymous said...

Uh...FUNDING?

Anonymous said...

is that a turkey in the last picture?

Marine Layer said...

Close. It's a turkey _____.

murf said...

Come on, Peeps. What circles over something about to die?

rockit said...

a turkey vulture...

how fitting.

drummer510 said...

This is a terrible site, when was the last time a team build a ball park in the middle of no-where? It is proven that new ballparks built in downtown areas, get more fans to the games and help the city's economy. Fremont is a terrible choice for a new location for the A's, keep the A's in Oakland.

Anonymous said...

the coliseum site isnt much better, like most of the OAFC is advocating

john b. fuqua said...

This site is just a few blocks from where I live and I'm all for the A's moving closer to me. However, traffic going both directions between the 237 jct. and Stevenson on 880 can get pretty bad during rush hour. Current BART extention plans do not have any lines coming close to Pacific Commons. I know the A's want to keep it small with a 35,000 cap. ballpark, but they'll need a snazzy parking garage directly off the freeway if they don't want to contribute to the current traffic problem.

And their proposed Ballpark Village better be happening, because there isn't jack to do around the area.

Anonymous said...

This is a great site for the A's to move to. I hope they do move there Fremont is in the middle of the Bay Area.

Anonymous said...

I live near there, I like Fremont that way it is. Bringing the coliseum closer is just going to attract unwanted guests. Thank God I'm leaving for college.