Drummond: Public murals worth expense
Tammerlin Drummond
Oakland Tribune Columnist
July 28, 2013

  MacArthur Boulevard near 108th Avenue in Oakland looks like many depressed urban neighborhoods. Everything is gray and rundown. There are vacant, abandoned storefronts. The street is often littered with liquor bottles, condoms and sometimes even bullet casings. Building upon building is scarred with graffiti.

Yet in the midst of so much desolation, there is an object of beauty that stops people in their tracks because it is in such stark contrast to its surroundings.

It is a colorful mural of a giant California quail painted on the side of a building that houses the HAART methadone clinic near Foothill Square. Little children walk up to it in amazement and rub the wall.