Thursday, April 28, 2011

Credit Union Breaks Ground At 5th & G: Old News But Old North Important (36)

It is “old news” as newspapers reckon time, but important for our Old North history to record that the Yolo Federal Credit Union has started construction at 5th and G. 
All the images in this post are reproduced from the Davis Enterprise of April 17, 2011.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Old North Neighborhood Assoc. Meets Thursday, April 28th, 6:30 PM (35)

The Old North Davis Neighborhood Association meets at the Hattie Weber Museum at 5th & C this Thursday at 6:30 PM.

The meeting’s agenda is shown to the right and enlarges when clicked on.

Click on “Read more," below, to see the minutes of the March meeting.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Fire at 609 D St., Friday, April 22 (34)

Davis Enterprise, April 24, 2011, A2
Davis Enterprise, April 24, 2011, A2

What Old North Block Can Claim Four Davis Mayors? (33)

       The “500” block of E Street features the curiosity that no less than four people who served as mayors of Davis have lived on the block or owned property there.
       Actually, it is even more curious. All four have been involved in homes on only the west side of that block. 
      They are (from left to right in the four photos):

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Picnic Day 2011: The Rest of the Story (32), by Kathleen Groody

Date:       Thu, 21 Apr 2011 13:37:33 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Kathleen Groody <>
Subject:   Picnic Day
To: ,,,
Subj:       Picnic Day
Dear City Council Members:
       I didn’t have to go to Picnic Day this year; Picnic Day came to Old North Davis.  In fact it happened in my front yard and down the B-C alley.  Things started happening around 8:00 a.m. with the usual heavy parking and people going to Farmer’s Market.  But, by 11:00 a.m., the families had been replaced with drunken youth, fighting, and cars careening down the streets at speeds in excess of 40 mph.
       I planned to stay around the house and do some gardening, but by 3:00 p.m. I had literally locked myself inside the house.  I witnessed groups of youths in my front yard fighting over who had to drive because nobody wanted the DUI.  One had wrestled the other to the ground and was beating his face to a pulp.   Behind that scene, their drunken dates were crying and pleading for the fighting to stop.  I thought about calling the Police, but the Police along with a paddy wagon had been cruising up and down 6th Street anyway so I just waited for them to make the rounds again. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Old North Street Signs on 5th at D & E Restored--& Upgraded (31)

I am delighted to have just observed that all the street signs vandalized and stolen on 5th Street at D and E streets last Saturday night have been replaced. And more: Their reflective quality and graphics are upgraded. The new city signs are more visible and attractive than the old ones. (Silver lining and all that.)

KUDOS to the City of Davis Department of Public Works for being so fast and effective!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Email To the City Council About Picnic Day (30), by Richard Wall

Sent:      Tuesday, April 19, 2011 8:16:16 PM
Subject: Picnic Day 2011

Dear City of Davis Officials,
Davis Enterprise, April 20, 2010, A1
I’m writing to give you my perception of Picnic Day 2011. I have lived in Davis for about eight years, so my opinion does not have the insight of the earlier “history” of this day and any benefits the past may have provided.
        The first few years, my wife and I would watch the parade, walk around town, and visit the various activities on the UCD campus, generally enjoying the day. In the later years, the crowds and increasing emphasis on public drinking with the attendant rowdy behavior caused us to cut the time in public to a minimum. Some years we just left town.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Letter to Davis Officials on Moving the Picnic Day Problem North Instead of Solving It (29)

This post consists of a screenshot copy of an email  I sent to Davis officials on April 18, 2011 concerning Picnic Day’s negative effects on the Old North.

Following the lead of Kathleen Groody’s comment/report on Dennis Dingeman’s post (#27), I think it would be helpful if other Old North residents reported to officials things of concern they observed this last Picnic Day.

These reports might be sent to the people whose email addresses are given at the top of my email or posted as comments on this blog.  If your report is somewhat longer and has photographs, send it to me for posting as a post per se. (Instructions are in the sidebar, to the right.)                

John Lofland

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Three Picnic Day Attacks on Old North Symbols: Moving the Problem Around Rather than Solving It? (28)

Dennis Dingemans has chronicled in Post # 27 the rise of front yard drinking parties in the Old North.

Sadly, I need to add a second kind of Picnic Day change in the Old North: attacks on Old North Davis symbols.

1. The centennial plaque Dan Szumski installed in front of his home at 513 F was knocked over and left decorated with a red cup, glass beer bottle and aluminum beer can. (Post # 2 of December 29, 2010 on this blog describes the plaque.)

Picnic Day House/Yard Parties--The Day After (27), by Dennis Dingemans

Picnic Days in Old North used to be notable for their negative (but minor) impact on our parking, as happy families debarked on foot from our streets for a day on campus. 

This year fit the new trend.  Rowdy behavior at front yard "house parties" is the most noticeable activity.  While these gatherings are part of what most OND residents like to see, community life and front-yard sociability, the party hosts seldom enforce middle class norms. Shouting and vandalism occur during the events from mid-morning start to after midnight. 

Why We Have So Few Mice (26), by Beverly Wilcox

Photo by Emily Hoyer <>
As spring and summer approach, I look forward to hearing the barn owls as they engage in their nightly hunts. Between about 9:30 and 10:30 PM, they glide up and down the C/D street alley and the north end of C Street. You can't see them (except for the occasional glimpse of their grey underbellies when they pass a streetlight), but you can hear them: a high-pitched eek . . . eek . . . eek or clicking sound that moves up and down the street as they fly.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The “Free Corner" at 7th and C Street: Good? Bad? Ugly? (25), by Dennis Dingemans

For much of a decade an urban recycling institution has been developing at the s.w. corner of the intersection of 7th Street and C Street.

     Known as "The Free Corner" to a clientele that now comes from all over the city, it is a drop off site for unwanted objects and a pick up site for bargain hunters.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring's Floral Displays: Trees, Shrubs, Hedges (24), by Dennis Dingemans

Spring is a great time to be walking amidst the floral displays visible from OND's sidewalks and alleys.  The single most impressive example of a flowering perennial is, again this year, the incredible mass of wisteria blossoms near the corner of B and 7th.
     Appreciation of this annual exhibition of color and scent might be enhanced by a neighborhood effort to encourage temporary labels to some of the less well known plants.  Old North is our de facto extension of the arboretum and interpretive labels would be a gift to the street (see, for example, Jan Bridge’s front yard labels at the corner of B and A).  Unfortunately, this hasn't been a great year for flowering trees, shrubs, and bushes because our wildly variable weather pattern produced summer-like warmth for 10 days right after the March return of winter cold.  The spring floral season has been brief, but there is still time to catch a mild version of what is often a spectacular walk or bike ride around Old North.
Dennis Dingemans

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Google Earth Calls Old North Davis “Old Davis North” Despite Knowing the Error (23)

More than a year ago I noticed that Google Earth labeled Old North Davis “Old Davis North.” A recent screenshot of that long-standing error is to the left.

I found that Google Earth has a web page by means of which to report errors and I submitted a report.