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The People’s Athletics?

September 16, 2015

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Though Oakland loves its baseball team, it’s safe to say that the Oakland Athletics’s ownership does not love Oakland.

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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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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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Mt View Cemetery: The Graves, The Trees and the Birds

April 8, 2013

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My favorite oasis near my house is the Mountain View Cemetery, where for the last 25 years I have restored my sense of self and contemplated mortality and eternity. I especially found comfort among its graves, enormous trees and quiet in the spring of my mother’s death. I go in all seasons for the landscape is always changing […]

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Is Oakland San Francisco’s Brooklyn?

April 4, 2013

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“Don’t get us wrong: We hella love Oakland, in all its urban, slightly dangerous, Brooklyn-in-the-90s sort of glory.” – SFist “Think of it as a less twee, more D.I.Y. version of artisanal Brooklyn.” – The New York Times “San Francisco finally has a Brooklyn to call its own.” – T Magazine “Knave!” What a name for a newspaper! […]

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Temescal Creation Story

April 1, 2013

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In the beginning was the Temescal Post Office, Genova Deli, Koryo Plaza, Clausen House, Reed Brothers Security, Bank of the West, G&G Hardware (now deceased), the Temescal Cafe (now deceased), Kaspar’s (deceased?), Ollies (lezzie bar now deceased) and Asmara. The rest along Telegraph Avenue was pretty much darkness. Genova begot Sagrada which begot The Aikido […]

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