Archive | Streets

Cranes (not the feathered variety) in North Oakland

August 13, 2015

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With 4 major and several other projects breaking ground in the Temescal/North Oakland, it’s time to take a look at what all the activity is about. The combination of these projects will add hundreds of new units of housing, from studios to an entire senior assisted living complex to Safeway’s new “lifestyle” grocery store and […]

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Temescal Development 4700 Telegraph/make it very green

May 11, 2015

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For those of us who have followed the Temescal mixed used developments over the past 10 years, it’s welcome news that 4700 Telegraph will be up before the Planning Commission on Wed, May 20th. The 48 unit development has undergone some significant improvements since it was first entitled in 2006. Most importantly, this property and […]

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McDonald’s on San Pablo?/An Organized Neighborhood Not Lovin’ It

February 7, 2015

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The oldest McDonald’s in CA at 66th and San Pablo wants to expand its operations by increasing its restaurant size by 30% plus run a drive through 24/7. The owner Ed Smith (former Oakland cop who owns many McDonald’s in the area) and his political consultant Mark McClure from CCIG (owned by Phil Tagami) got an […]

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It’s That Important: Measure BB Will Repave Half of Oakland’s Streets

October 30, 2014

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Oakland’s streets are in bad shape. And everyone uses them. Driving over pothole-ridden streets challenges your car’s suspension, people trip and fall on uneven sidewalks, riding AC Transit is often a jarring experience, and of course bicycling on Oakland’s worst streets is dangerous. Measure BB makes a serious $8 million/year down payment to getting our […]

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Restaurants Coming and Going in Temescal

September 11, 2014

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Cafe Underwood (308 41st St.), a new-school Wi-Fi cafe, is now open in North Oakland and my first outing couldn’t have been more pleasant. As noted in What the Fork preview from last year, owner Dominick Scala’s idea was to take a neighborhood coffee shop and the (increasingly popular) idea of a rentable “co-working space,” and to essentially create […]

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Years of Living Dangergously? Telegraph (In) Complete Streets/Community Meetings

September 8, 2014

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City Staff Come up with Some Crazy Stuff If the City staff have their way, the long sought for “protected bike lanes” along Telegraph Avenue would be a pipe dream of Bike East Bay and the 70% of folks who came to the public meetings and asked for a continuous bike lane along Telegraph from […]

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Obelisk for Temescal Entry? Installation Has Been Halted

June 8, 2014

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Update: The Temescal BID has agreed to halt installation and meet with local stakeholders (editor) The Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District (TTBID) has designed and is in the process of implementing a huge gateway sign/sculpture for the Temescal Neighborhood. There was no open, competitive process for selecting an artist and the community was not engaged […]

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Communitize DON’T Privatize!/Private Security Patrols are not the Answer

May 26, 2014

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Flyers are up across the Temescal asking folks to donate $157.50 for a 6 month contract for a private security car to drive by your house 3 times a day to “check in” on your house. Some other neighborhoods have also instituted this crowd  sourcing approach as a way to feel better. As much as […]

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Temescal Streets-Cars Get a Throw-A-Way and Bikes a Snuggle

April 25, 2014

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If you’ve been following local politics in the Temescal, you’ll know there has been a long and protracted struggle to get dedicated bikes lanes. Ten years ago a couple of business owners filed a lawsuit to keep bike lanes out. Now the Temescal BID (Business Improvement District) in their “Father Knows Best” approach has voted […]

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Leo’s Would Bring Some Needed Live Music Into the Temescal

March 28, 2014

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Ever since I moved in to the Temescal I have lamented how few live music options there are in North Oakland and South Berkeley. What makes many cities like Austin and New Orleans so enjoyable is the plethora of diverse and live music options that span genres and generations. I’ve always been a regular at […]

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