Archive | May, 2013

“The Road Will Fail,” Said the Traffic Engineer

May 30, 2013

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Instead, roads thrive, as do neighborhoods. Back in 2002 as Oakland voters were passing Measure DD with 80% support to build the improvements you are seeing around Lake Merritt, traffic engineers were telling the City that roadways like Lakeshore Ave and the streets around Splash Pad Park would come to a halt with traffic if […]

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Broadway Finally Coming Alive Bit by Bit

May 27, 2013

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I’ve lived near the corner of Broadway and 45th St for 16 years and have been downright dejected over its blight, abandon and lack of much energy, except for the students at Oakland Tech. While I’ve watched and helped been a part of the Temescal Miracle along Telegraph, Broadway has been the ugly step-child, downtrodden […]

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Lake Merritt Transformation/Love Our Lake Day on June 9th

May 23, 2013

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It is possible to feel discouraged and powerless, but sometimes the good guys win. Once in a while, everyone turns out to be a good guy. Twelve years ago in Oakland a confrontation was intensifying: Some wanted to sell off public land for a new cathedral looming over Lake Merritt, and others wanted to preserve […]

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Where in Oakland?

May 23, 2013

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Do you recognize this image? It’s from Oakland, and if you can tell us precisely where, you’ll eligible to win a $10 gift certificate to an upcoming Bites off Broadway. Email your answer to where@loakal.com by this Monday at 5 pm Oakland time to enter. We’ll randomly pick a winner each week and announce the winner here at […]

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In Search of the East Bay’s Best Ribs

May 17, 2013

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Time for Ribs! After my blog on the “Improving State of the Pulled Pork Sandwich” in the East Bay, it’s time to move on to the most common cut of meat master chefrs smoke these days-ribs. Again, being from Georgia, our ribs are pork, which I think taste way better than beef short ribs. Like […]

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Where in Oakland?

May 13, 2013

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Do you recognize this image? It’s from Oakland, and if you can tell us precisely where, you’ll eligible to win a $10 gift certificate to an upcoming Bites off Broadway. Email your answer to where@loakal.com by this Thurs at 5 pm Oakland time to enter. We’ll randomly pick a winner each week and announce the winner here at […]

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Footloose: Why I Travel Alone

May 9, 2013

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For the last nine winters I have taken a longish trip to somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere, mostly on my own. I got started on my solo trips when I decided to go to South Africa, a country that fascinated me. I harbored some of the same fears that I hear so often from friends […]

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Where In Oakland?

May 9, 2013

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Do you recognize this image? It’s from Oakland, and if you can tell us precisely where, you’ll eligible to win a $10 gift certificate to an upcoming Bites off Broadway. Email your answer to where@loakal.com by this Monday at 5 pm Oakland time to enter. We’ll randomly pick a winner each week and announce the winner here at […]

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Bites Off Broadway Returns this Friday, May 10th

May 6, 2013

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Bites Off Broadway returns Friday nights, May 10-Oct 11 Opening Night Vendors: Fist of Flour, Doc’s of the Bay, Tina Tamale, Go Streatery, Annakoot and Blue Saigon. The Temescal continues to be one of the epicenters in Oakland’s food renaissance and street food is definitely in the mix. Your neighborhood yummy pod is back May […]

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Where in Oakland?

May 6, 2013

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Do you recognize this image? It’s from Oakland, and if you can tell us precisely where, you’ll eligible to win a $10 gift certificate to an upcoming Bites off Broadway. Email your answer to where@loakal.com by this Thursday at 5 pm Oakland time to enter. We’ll randomly pick a winner each week and announce the winner here at […]

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