The Mystery of the Old Coast Guard housing in Alameda CA
The old housing
I have a question about the old Coast Guard housing that caught caught my eye. Beautifully kept grounds.
At one time, this complex was teeming with people engaged in all kinds of activities. There are remnants of soccer fields, basketball courts, huge playgrounds. There are housing units, six to a building .... but today, all are vacant. There must be around 200+ units there. Each unit has an enclosed patio and storage building.
The Coast Guard does an excellent job maintaining the grounds. However, there are signs that vandals have slipped by and smashed some windows and doors. Nonetheless, this area still looks beautiful thanks to the people who make sure the grass is cut, the trash and litter picked up.
The new housing
The old housing complex is directly across a newer one where each unit has 3 stories with attached garages. Each building has a small play area, instead of a larger or master playground to allow families to mingle and interact. This new complex has units crammed together with less open space than the old one but somehow, this arrangement appears to foster less outdoor activities than the old one.
What are the plans for the old housing?
So the question is....what are they going to do with the old housing?
Because housing in Alameda can be pretty pricey, maybe the Coast Guard may consider renting it to our Alameda’s public servants ---- teachers, police officers, firemen, nurses and others who contribute in a big way to Alameda’s well being?
Or how about helping Midway Shelter of Alameda for abused and homeless women and children?