Ygnacio Valley Road looking east from Civic Drive in 1962. As well, Iron Horse railroad cossing is evident, is now an overhaed bridge. This pic was lifted from "Walnut Creek : A Look Back", by Brad Rovanpera, but as well, it is stated this is from the collection of the Contra Costa County Historical Society. Verily, this brings into play a huge discussion on the morals of stealing photos, intellectual property, and the like. I've never claimed to be moral, but that doesn't absolve this act. On the Contra Costa Times message board, there is currently a raging discussion as to property rights when it comes to history. As well, as I sit here in the sweltering heat, are there not instances when governmental agencies or other entities can claim seizing of property when owner is not using property? Do squatter's rights play into this? Such as, if intellectual property is in use for seven years, and there is no objection to the property owner, then who can claim ownership? It's all very convoluted.
But back to history, that's why we're here. I love this photo! To all that don't know where this is, currently John Muir Hospital sits atop that hill, but in this pic, that's a road to goes out to nowhere, into this vast undeveloped wilderness and space. Dinners, 39 cents, gotta love it. But here's a take, you have to love contra Costa with all of it's designated open space. In areas of California where there is no open space, where every square inch is developed and littered with quicky marts and 99 cent shops that may increase the tax base, such development does nothing to the spiritual benefit of its inhabitants. These areas of open space in Contra Costa provide a haven for the tree watchers and those that like to feel the wind in their hair, lay down in the grass, swing your arms around and not hit anybody. Try it yourself. Go to Lime Ridge around noon and swing around, and then throw yourself into downtown district of San Francisco and see where you get beaten. Developers try to squeeze every nickel out of land, and it's quite evident. There are now housing developments where housing units share walls, where having a yard is a bad thing, where watching the miracle of the life process of a tomato plant, its sprouting, growing, flowering, fruiting, and, subsequently, its passing, are inherently evil and a waste of space. People are living, working, and breathing in such cramped quarters, our freeways are conjested to the point where we attempt to break the laws of physics by having more than one object/ person occupy the same space at the same time. With all of this maddening congestion and confusion, proponents of popular psychology consider that Road Rage is a curious phenomenon.