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Jack London Square

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 1 January 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Oakland, California

At first - I was set to use an image from last year's New Year's celebration. But I find myself so completely done with 2009 - I didn't want to start the year with something having to do with the start of that.

So instead - here is an image of my new neighborhood. This is hardly a typical view. Taken on Christmas morning - the square is so quiet. This rail line is one of the nation's busiest, leading directly to and from the Port of Oakland. But quiet or busy - I'm happy to be here...

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zahra from shiraz, Iran

great,very nice.

1 Jan 2010 6:46am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

excellent perspective, happy new year Stephen !

1 Jan 2010 7:18am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It's a fantastic image to start once more :)
I like very much the perspective, and the flags on the sidewalls.
I'm sure you are happy living there :)
Carpe diem!

1 Jan 2010 8:11am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

great graphic lines and blue tone, happy new year!

1 Jan 2010 11:10am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Didn't make it to Oakland in July. Now I see I missed something worthwhile. So thanks for this view today. And I believe I totally understand your being "done" with 2009. In a lot of ways it was not a good year, but within it, I have had some wonderful memories and experiences which I won't put away just yet - even as this new 2010 starts unfolding. Happy New Year, mon ami.

1 Jan 2010 12:43pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

love all the lines in this - and how odd to see no traffic for such a busy spot......goodbye 2009 - hello 2010......

1 Jan 2010 1:23pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I sure understand you not wanting to start out this year, with something from the beginning of last......and looks like the area you've moved to will serve you well photographically!!! I must say, one good thing about 2009, is I joined am3, and gained a wealth of new friends, including you !!!

1 Jan 2010 3:13pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Odd, I posted a comment this morning but not here now, something about learning the nuances of a new day : ] best...jerry

2 Jan 2010 3:54am

Petra from Tilburg, Netherlands

nice shot!

2 Jan 2010 11:47am

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

I lovely wide shot and an interesting place. You say the rail line is one of the busiest, through a town?
Hope you enjoy your new neighbourhood and have a great 2010.

2 Jan 2010 12:25pm

@Michael: Right down the main business street. You might have an armful of purchases from the shops - but if your car is parked on the other side of that 120 car train - you'd best find a comfortable place to sit down for a few minutes.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Like a Mondrian abstraction.

19 Jan 2010 2:50am

@Twelvebit: Good eye, John - and the right colors, too! You are amazing!