JUN 22, 2006 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In "Big Yellow Taxi," folksinger Joni Mitchell lamented, "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Upon visiting the newly christened Schenley Plaza in Oakland, one cannot help but think that for once, paradise fought back, in the form of a perfect little slice of urban greenspace built over a former parking lot between the Hillman and Carnegie Libraries in Oakland. The $10 million transformation from parking lot to park-like plaza was designed by Sasaki Associates and modeled on New York's Bryant Park. Read full article