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Alameda doesn’t like museums?

November 18, 2010

Growing up in the Bay Area, Alameda was always considered sort of a culture-less boringville.  Yes, that certainly stereotypes the place but I don’t apologize for that because I think it’s true.  Bayfarm Island, in particular, feels like a suburb that got dropped right in the heart of the Bay.

Alameda: Exciting as rice cakes

When the Pacific Pinball Museum came along, Alameda doubled its cool points overnight.  Prior to that there was almost no reason to go to Alameda, outside of Mexican food till 3am at La Pinata or Juanitas.  Everything you can get in Alameda you can get somewhere else faster, cheaper and better.  I think maybe the residents like it that way.  If they look boring enough people will leave them alone.

A few years ago they renovated the theater on Park street and it’s pretty nice, the main theater especially.  Wouldn’t it be great if PPM could team up with them and put some classic EMs or Woodrails in the upper balcony?

We already know the City of Alameda has a bad taste in its mouth for these pesky museums in town. That deadbeat Hornet (which also turns out to be an important historic icon and landmark) and those foul-mouthed lazies over at the Alameda Museum (preserving what little we know of Alameda’s past). Now we have these newbies coming around to sniff out the funding: the Alameda Naval Air Museum and the Pacific Pinball Museum. Who asked these people to preserve American history? Who cares about what Alameda did up until now, it would just remind people about the ways the city messed up in the past.

Sarcasm aside, I truly believe a city museum is a link to the community’s spirit. The fact that city government looks at local museums as potential threats to their budget speaks to an entrenched fear of culture and free thought in Alameda.

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