Across the Bay from San Francisco, Oakland, California—like the comparative blending modes—doesn’t get no respect. But Oakland is a significant city in its own right. It is one of the most important urban areas on the west coast of the United States.
One cold winter day, I was wandering the streets of downtown Oakland when I saw a series of reflections in the plate glass windows of an office high-rise.
These reflections showed architectural details, including clocks and pillars, and cornices and arched windows with divided lights, all from a bygone era.
Moving out to a small traffic island in the middle of a busy boulevard, ...