The museum is located just south of downtown Oakland, where it has always acted as an island, due in part to its design and a 1940s era 12-lane road that separated it from Lake Merit. The lake has long been a favorite of pedestrians and joggers, and a new revitalization project will link the museum, adjacent community college and park system together to create a major urban green belt complete with new wetlands. Although for the last couple of decades many cities have sought to build the boldest and baddest new museums, we should also look forward to polishing our older urban gems and renewing our urban vitality.
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Oakland's Renovated Museum is a Green-Roofed Urban Gem
by Andrew Michler, 07/20/10
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