Life on the Island: Where do the children play?

This week’s column, “Fear can limit the joys of childhood,” is now up. You can find all Alameda Journal stories online, too.

Past “Life on the Island” columns

June 10, 2008: Never underestimate the power of one
June 3, 2008: Paying the price to have good schools
May 27, 2008: A civil rights issue in our time
May 20, 2008: What’s cooking in the hot weather?
May 12, 2008: When a man needs a cave
May 5, 2008: Enjoying that small-town feel
April 28, 2008: Support of tax teaches lesson
April 21, 2008: New garage can be a good habit
April 14, 2008: When the earth shakes, duck
April 7, 2008: Snails, ants, lice and light brown apple moths


  • Jean Abbe

    Eve – You are so right. As a child in Berkeley in the 40s, I walked to school every day, crossing College Ave. with the help of 6th-grade crossing guards. Later, as a young teen in New Jersey, I took the bus to New York with my friends, and wandered all around by subway with my friends. Once we went skating at Rockefeller Center and tried on coats in the fur district.
    Now, when my granddaughter wanted to bicycle to middle school in Alameda, she was unable to do so, not for fear of abductors, but of SUVs driven by parents dropping off their precious children and zooming out of the school driveway.
    Her parents had to drop her off too (but she did walk home),
    Jean Abbe, Alameda