Posts Tagged ‘oakland hills’

After Oakland hills fire, residents build off-the-wall homes

Since the 1991 Oakland Hills fire, the homes in the neighborhood have become larger and range in architectural styles.

On October 20, 1991, the hills above North Oakland and South Berkeley were prey to a three-day urban fire that destroyed over 3,500 homes and instigated a building revolution that permanently transformed the neighborhood for decades to come. Before the fire, the hillside was littered with small, older homes, some dating as far back as the 1920s and 1930s. But after the fire, the Oakland hills neighborhoods drastically transformed into a community of clashing architectural styles, innovative designs, and large, looming structures.

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Local firefighters reenact the Hills Fire response

A fire engine at the Oakland Hills fire station, which opened its doors to reporters for a reenactment of the 1991 fire.

The firefighters put on their headphones, fastened their seatbelts, turned on their lights and sirens, and peeled out of the garage towards the narrow, steep road. With notepads and video cameras in tow, reporters were getting a feel for what it was like to ride in a fire truck during the massive fire that devastated the Oakland Hills 20 years ago.

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Extreme Biking: dangerous, dirty and tons of fun

Cutting your gas bill, your carbon footprint, or your waistline: these are some of the reasons to bike more. But how about extreme bicycling only for bikers in-the-know? That’s the goal of one Bay Area group that organizes secret, competitive rides covering varied terrain.

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