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Oakland: Adult Recess

Adult Recess at Ogawa PlazaWhile in Oakland, I stumbled upon Adult Recess in Ogawa Plaza. Ogawa Plaza, directly in front of Oakland City Hall, is a fairly well designed public space. There is a central amphitheater area with plenty of ledges for seating. While shade in this area is not abundant, the moderate temperatures of Oakland allow for a comfortable stay nonetheless. Other areas have many benches and even some shade trees. The plaza is well framed by neighboring buildings, many of which include restaurants or retail. These amenities both benefit from the plaza as well as bring people to the plaza. Continue reading