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‘Days of Dead’ at Meek Mansion

There’s a lot of neat stuff over at the Meek Mansion, the site of “The Art of Remembrance: Days of the Dead 2009,” an exhibit that kicks off with a Saturday event. In addition to the works mentioned in our article that ran today and Phil Long’s amazing tribute to four fallen Oakland police officers, there’s a columbarium entry that we are particularly fond of.

Mary Ann Davis created this, depicting the death of her obsession with collecting newspapers. A cover-to-cover reader, she would hoard the papers in her living room.

“Always local papers — the Daily Review,” she wrote in an artist statement. “I could toss a San Francisco Chronicle in a heartbeat.”

What’s not to love about that? Bravo, Mary Ann Davis!

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South Hayward charrette wrapping up

The series of meetings and design sessions aimed at coming up with a form-based code for the area around the South Hayward BART station wraps up on Sunday, with a 5 p.m. presentation of the results at the City Hall council chamber. Designers will be in production mode through the weekend, but the public is invited to stop by. The process included a field trip to the site earlier this week, at which nearly two dozen residents accompanied city officials and the consultants.

“There were a lot of seniors, longtime residents of the area who were very engaging,” said Laura Hall of consultant firm Hall Alminana. “A lot of them are scared by the current conditions, frightened to go out even during the day.”

Residents also got to weigh in on what they’d like to see in the area using green and red dots. A cursory look found that sit-down restaurants and a full-service grocery are most desireable, while fast-food joints and discount stores had few fans. The next step will be taking the results of the charrette before the City Council for review.

Director of Development Services David Rizk said he hopes to have the Sunday’s presentation available online early next week. Here’s the city’s page dedicated to the project.