Oct 13 2007

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I’d thought about starting a blog for The Bulb for quite some time. I thought it would be fun to post a few photos of the park, the dogs and friends and fellow bulbers I meet during my daily morning walk.

Then one day the signs went up – “Albany Bulb Clean-up Project. It warned that “heavy equipment” would be used but assured us that the “cleanup will not have a permanent impact on the Albany Bulb’s landscape or usability.” That left me feeling uneasy. What would be next, was my first thought. The next day there were bulldozers, police cars, and The East Bay Conversation Corps.

The police, along with Berkeley mental health workers, there to talk to the homeless people about the options and services available to them, went through the park telling campers that they had to leave. The homeless looked to Osha Neumann, one of the Bulb artists and also a lawyer who has defended many poor and homeless people, for help.

“Osha Neumann immediately wrote a letter to a number of city officials, including the mayor, city administrator and city attorney, pointing out that “this eviction is not only inhuman, it is illegal. Enforcing Albany’s camping ordinance against the homeless when there are no shelter beds available constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.” The city of Albany has no homeless shelters. Neumann cited a number of precedents supporting his allegations.” – Berkeley Daily Planet: Albany Bulb Sweep Averted

It seemed the perfect time for www.AlbanyBulb.com.

Please feel free to post comments, and share your stories and viewpoints about The Bulb’s history, its struggles and its future.

If you have stories or photos you’d like to post, or know of any developments, please leave a comment or drop me an email at jackie.foster@gmail.com.

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4 Responses to “About”

  1. Brodyon 22 Jun 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks for doing this, I’d wondered when someone was going to actually be blogging about the Bulb! There was a website that was inactive for a really long time, I’d lost hope!

    I’ve been going to the Bulb for 6 years now, and actually got a bunch of photos of the “cleanup” process, my photoset is here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hlscotland/sets/72157602150157245/

    Best regards, and thanks again for stepping up!

  2. Jeremy Brookson 27 Jul 2010 at 1:24 pm

    On July 24th, 2010, one of the Worldwide Photowalk locations was at the Albany Bulb. You can see the photos from the walk here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/wwpw3/

  3. Jeremy Brookson 27 Jul 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Oops, my last comment had a link for ALL the Worldwide Photowalk photos. Here’s the group with just the Bulb photos: http://www.flickr.com/groups/albanybulb/

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