Launch Party: Downtown Alameda To Get New Look

Downtown Alameda Street Banner preview

Downtown Alameda will be getting a slightly new look when the Downtown Alameda Business Association installs new street banners this week.

Designed by local artist Felicia Ann, the banner images blend the nostalgic style of posters from the early 1900s with contemporary figures and fresh colors.

The banner project was created to help define Downtown Alameda beyond Park Street and to celebrate the wealth of unique services available throughout the entire district. Residents and visitors alike will be beckoned to Shop, Play, Learn, Wine & Dine, and Catch-Up in Downtown Alameda.

Downtown Alameda Is “Historic, Hip, and Worth the Trip”

The Park Street District has been evolving into a modern and lively downtown area that is “Historic, Hip, and Worth the Trip.”  Not only are popular destination businesses locating along the side streets in Downtown Alameda, but new growth is also happening along the stretch of Park Street north of Lincoln Avenue.  Read the rest of this entry »

Power Box Art Contest: A Call for Artists to Beautify Alameda’s Downtown

Power Box Art in AlamedaAcross the country communities have been covering utility boxes with art to beautify their downtowns, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Alameda’s Power Box Art pilot program invites local artists to re-energize the utility boxes on their own streets.

Power Box Art, a partnership between Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), Park Street Business Association (PSBA) and Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) is seeking artists to design art for 10 utility boxes in the Park Street Business District. (The location of the transformers is available on the Power Box Art website,

Transformer Art

Transformer Box Art sample

Artists who live or work in the City of Alameda are invited to submit art that reflects the way the community can reduce its carbon footprint through:

  • Renewable power sources,
  • Cleaner transportation,
  • Recycling and reuse,
  • Being an Alameda local shopper,
  • Supporting local farmers, and
  • Water and energy conservation.

Ten designs will be chosen by a panel of judges. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium, have their name displayed on the transformer, and will be featured in a Power Box Art show at Rhythmix Cultural Works. Most importantly, the 10 artists chosen will have their designs transferred to a large-scale vinyl adhesive film that will be wrapped around a transformer box for everybody to admire.

Transformer Box

Transformer Box as it appears today.

One transformer box will be designated for student artwork (K-12). Students can submit art work individually or as a class or organization.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 16 at 5:00pm.  Winning designs will be announced on Wednesday, July 2. The transformers will be unveiled during a special “art walk” scheduled for Friday, September 12.

In the spirit of community, each transformer is sponsored by a local business. The 10 sponsors are: Alameda Collision Repair, Alameda Island Brewing Company, Alameda Natural Grocery, Berg Injury Lawyers, The Marketplace, Mason Management, Ole’s Waffle Shop, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Rich and Rose Krinks (Broker and Associate Realtor, Harbor Bay Realty), and Tucker’s Ice Cream.

For more information or to submit your artwork, visit

Grand Opening: Tiger’s Blood Social Club

Joe Parker, Tiger's Blood Social ClubS.J. Parker and Sammytown present the grand opening of Tiger’s Blood Social Club, a new custom tattoo and piercing studio located at 2319-B Santa Clara Ave (above American Oak). The opening celebration will be held Saturday, May 17, 5:00-9:00pm with live music by He Who Cannot Be Named, Bill Collins, and Evan Martin. Refreshments will be provided.

Meet artist and tattooer Joe Parker: Joe began drawing as soon as he could hold a crayon. He has explored many mediums. His career started in 2000 as a body piercer and by 2006 he was tattooing full-time. For Joe, tattooing is all about the entire experience. If you can dream it, Joe can tattoo it.

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, professional services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in downtown Alameda, visit our website: You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on FacebookTwitter, and other social networks.

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New Parking Meter Kiosks on Park Street and What To Do If You Get a Ticket in Alameda

Parking Meter Kiosk on Park Street, AlamedaParking kiosks have been installed on Park Street between San Jose and Central Avenue as part of the recent Park Street Streetscape improvement project. The new kiosks accept debit cards and credit cards, as well as coins. Hourly parking rates remain the same although persons using a debit/credit card will be charged a minimum of one hour.

PARKING ENFORCEMENT will begin on Monday, June 25, which means if you don’t pay for parking and display the receipt on your dashboard, YOU WILL GET A TICKET.

The kiosks are very easy to use: 1) pay with either coins or a credit/debit card, 2) choose the amount of time needed, up to two hours, and 3) take the printed receipt and place it face-up on the driver’s side dashboard.

Most kiosks are located in the middle of the block. If you don’t see a kiosk right away, look for a sign that looks like this:

Parking Meter Kiosk Sign on Park Street, Alameda

More information about the parking kiosks is available on the City’s website.

Also worth noting…

If you do get a parking ticket in Alameda, you can now Read the rest of this entry »

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See What Park Street Will Look Like

This week’s happenings in the Park Street Business District: View Calendar

We finally have an idea of what Park Street will look like when Phase 2 of the Streetscape is done! The City of Alameda recently installed a large rendering of the Park Street Streetscape Phase 2 Project at the northeast corner of Park Street and Central Avenue. If you are on Park Street, you can see it posted above the doorway of the old “Uniglobe building” at 1400 Park Street. The colorful drawing depicts the streetscape project as it will look in two to three years time, during the fall season.

The rendering was prepared by ignition architecturea local Park Street architecture firm that specializes in all types of residential and commercial design.

Park Street Streetscape Project

As depicted in the rendering, Evergreen Brisbane Boxes will be planted as corner accents and Maple Trees and Lindens will be planted in an alternating pattern between the Brisbane Box. During the fall, the Maples will turn to a brilliant red while the Lindens will turn a vibrant yellow.

Most of the trees, at the time of planting, will be Read the rest of this entry »

Park Street Streetscape Project – March Update

This Week’s Happenings in the Park Street District: View Calendar

Bus StopPhase 2 of the Park Street Streetscape Improvement project is moving along nicely and, according to the City, remains on schedule. Although there have been a total of five rain days, project completion is still planned for late April 2012 (unless, of course, there are additional rain delays).

The two bus shelters have already been installed near the corner of Park Street and Encinal Avenue. Construction work for Phase 2 continues in March with numerous sidewalk repairs, the installation of historic street lights, and the addition of miscellaneous signage.

In some places, parking meters have been removed and 2-hour parking signs have been placed on barricades. Parking is free along these parts of the street but be mindful that Read the rest of this entry »

Park Street Streetscape Project – January Update

This Week’s Happenings in the Park Street Business District: Calendar

Happy New Year!

Construction for Phase 2 of the Park Street Streetscape Improvement project resumes this week. Phase 1 of the Streetscape project was completed in 2006 and included the block between Central Ave and Lincoln Ave. Phase 2 extends the improvements from Central Avenue to San Jose Avenue. Access to businesses will be maintained throughout the project duration.

Books Inc.As mentioned earlier, the goals of the Streetscape Project are to improve the street and sidewalks for pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders, and automobile drivers. The project consists of:

  • planting new street trees
  • installation of historic street lights
  • new accessible curb ramps
  • new bike racks
  • new bus shelters
  • new parking meter pay stations

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Park Street’s Newest Trees (Survey)

Park Street StreetscapeAt the November 9th public meeting about the Park Street Streetscape Project, community members expressed a desire to have an opportunity to provide input regarding the aesthetics of the new trees to be installed on the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Park Street early next year.

In response, the City is asking the community to identify the criteria most important for selecting Park Street’s newest trees via an online survey.

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Park Street Streetscape “Part 2”

This Week’s Happenings in the Park Street District: Calendar, October 17-23
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It’s finally happening! Funding is available and the City of Alameda is proceeding with Phase 2 of the Park Street Streetscape project. The project area includes two sections of Park Street: Lincoln Avenue to Webb Avenue, and Central Avenue to San Jose Avenue.

Sidewalk Closed

"Closed to Thru Traffic Only. Access to Stores Remains Open!"

The new streetscape project is scheduled to begin in mid-October and be completed by March 2012. The scope of the project consists of the installation of new street trees, street lights, bike racks, bus shelters, parking meter pay stations, and accessible curb ramps, as well as the reconstruction of portions of curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. “De-construction” work includes trenching in the parking lanes for electrical and irrigation lines, removal of old street lights and old trees, and demolition of sidewalk and curbs to accommodate electric pull boxes for the light poles.

There will be no work on the weekends. Construction work hours will be restricted to Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. The contractor will keep one lane of traffic open at all times but motorists may experience minor disruptions in traffic. There may also be minor increases in noise level and dust during construction.

Access to businesses will be maintained throughout the project duration, as well as access to bus stops. Read the rest of this entry »