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West Oakland: Who’s Responsible for What Around Here?

April 29, 2013

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It’s more than just coincidence that West Oakland, one of the highest unemployment, high-crime communities in the entire country has so much of its land under freeway, almost certainly more than any other community in California. With the multiplicity of agencies around here all adept at pointing fingers – and giving them! – no one has […]

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Support Youth Led Innovation in Oakland! Youth Seed Launch this Saturday, Apr 27

April 25, 2013

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In case you haven’t noticed, Oakland has been positioning itself on the cutting edge of innovation on a global scale.  The city is boosting its long standing reputation for creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, evidenced by an outbreak of new bars, restaurants, and art galleries.  Resources and talent have been pouring into the city, alongside predictable skyrocketing rent. Will […]

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What if First Fridays Descended on East Oakland?

April 18, 2013

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A successful street festival like First Fridays would certainly be welcome along International Blvd in East Oakland, what with it bringing the kind of gritty street life and local culture most business districts would cherish. But I imagine if along with First Fridays moving east of downtown, Occupy Oakland came with it, the police reaction […]

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Uptown Art Park Opening on First Fridays, April 5

April 1, 2013

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 On Friday, April 5, 6:30 – 9:30pm, Uptown’s ArtPark, the city’s first outdoor sculpture park, will finally open. Funded through a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Uptown ArtPark has transformed a former Sears parking lot turned vacant space located on Telegraph Avenue and 19th Street, across from the renovated Fox Oakland […]

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