This gingerbread streetscape was created by Donna and Emma Eyestone (8) and is the fourth in a series of Alameda gingerbread replicas. Represented this year is the 1300 block of Park St (Tucker's block) and it will be on display in Tucker's front window through the holiday season.
It envisions a different street - where pedestrians, bikers, and cars can creatively all share our precious public space with joy.
Emma decorated all the buildings and the people. Highlights of the streetscape are the pretzel bikes locked to candy cane bike racks, and the little gingerbread cars with macaroni wheels are some of the cutest vehicles you'll ever see.
This year we adopted "Rose Parade" rules for ourselves - so the street itself is made of grains - wild rice, hulled barley, and red quinoa.
On September 21, 2012 we created a one-day tiny park (parklet) in front of Tucker’s Ice Cream. Hundreds of people came and talked, eat ice cream, met Ruby, my backyard chicken, and enjoyed our park in a parking spot.
We, and Tucker’s, would very much like to see a permanent parklet installed not only here, but in parking spots all over Alameda.
Rather than storing an empty car, a parklet creates a public space where people can gather, meet their neighbors, and enjoy our community.
Previous gingerbread houses in this series were City Hall (2011), Alameda Movie Theatre (2010), and the Alameda Free Library (2009).