Spring 2020 LECTURE series

Each month Oakland Heritage Alliance hosts an informative and entertaining presentation on a different topic. Each event is held in the landmark American Bag Company building (enter via OK Stereo, 3rd floor), 299 Third Street at Harrison. 


how Transportation corridors and eminent domain changed the Lakeshore, Grand Lake and Trestle Glen areas in the 20th Century

Lake Merritt and the associated Grand Lake-Lakeshore-Trestle Glen areas of Oakland transitioned mid-20th century from using a streetcar-interurban corridor of transportation along Grand Ave. (22nd Street) to one dominated by the MacArthur Freeway. This presentation will utilize aerial photos, photos by rail enthusiasts, and images from eminent domain records to capture this transition and the associated controversies, and to recreate the architecture and street scenes lost as a result.

photo credit: Addison Laflin 3/7/54, Courtesy BAERA, Western Railway Museum Archives, 76320ks