More and more tent camps visible around the city.
Playgrounds close up
and in the distance.
At a freeway offramp, a man asking for spare change flags himself with balloons.
The local library branch was recently remodeled. It has self-checkout with OCR readers, laptops to lend for in-library use, and I just noticed usb outlets in the chairs and side tables.
This started as a sketch of two old men sitting on a bench in front of the library on an overcast day. Two police SUVs pulled up in front of the library, blocking my view, and when they left a minute later, the two men were gone. I don’t know exactly what happened.
The basketball court in the park is actually a single hoop in an open area near the swimming pool, flanked by grassy hills, lawns and picnic benches.
The big oak is not the first tree in Dimond Park that has had to be cut down. A giant stump next to the utility building memorializes another old oak.
The peeling sign reads “Please respect this educational display of the remains of Oakland’s oldest tree, the Dimond Oak, removed November 22-23, 2005 due to disease.”
Close by, giant log sections in a grassy garden plot camouflage a drain.
I drew this scene once before, the Here There sign sculpture on the Berkeley Oakland border. At that time it was just big letters on a lawn facing a busy intersection. Now a homeless camp sits among the letters.
Meanwhile, back in Dimond Park, the doomed oak has been pruned of its heavy branches. Only the skeleton trunk is left now.
In the tot lot next to the doomed oak is a a circular structure with a sign on it that says “Do not climb.” I suppose the little seats mean it’s just a fancy bench, but those big parallel arcs sure make it look like it was meant for climbing.