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Bay Bridge Billboards? Scenic East Bay Scores a Partial Win

March 2, 2014

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I admit it, I was in shock for at least 10 minutes when I received the email from our lawyer Brian Gaffney, that the huge billboard company Foster Media and my personal nemesis for the last 18 months, had withdrawn their applications for billboards locations 1 and 2 at the Bay Bridge. We knew that […]

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Safeway Project at 51st Gets the Green Light for Complete Makeover

October 28, 2013

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For those of us who live in North Oakland, the redevelopment of the Safeway store and its surrounding parcels at 51st and Broadway is the biggest development to happen in the area for possibly the next 50 years after MacArthur’s BART makeover. At their September meeting, the Planning Commission unanimously gave the green light to […]

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An Opinionated Guide to Experiencing First Fridays

September 14, 2013

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  I have probably gone to at least 25 First Fridays/Art Murmurs over the years and have watched it change and morph. I went to one large community meeting in the summer of 2012 where I advocated for the “official” street closure of Telegraph as the crowds had become so large that they were spilling […]

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Disco Volante Closes its Doors on Monday/New Bar Openings in the Temescal

August 19, 2013

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I never knew that a bar closing could make me so very sad and nostalgic but the closure of Disco Volante is giving me the Monday blues. For years, Disco has been my favorite bar because it’s the kind of bar of neighborhood bar I have always had a fantasy of owning and running. First […]

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Support Latham Square

July 29, 2013

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If you’ve been following this blog, you might have read the fantastic piece by our own Dave Campbell about Latham Square in Downtown Oakland. Basically, Telegraph and Broadway intersect at a sharp angle, and the City of Oakland is conducting a six-month pilot project to replace a few hundred feet of automobile lanes in the […]

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Latham Square in Downtown Could Revitalize with a Park for People

July 25, 2013

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Latham Square Plaza is a ‘Pilot Project’ Oakland is revitalizing the intersection of Broadway and Telegraph as a place for people, by redesigning the 1st block of Telegraph as a pocket park, with the road closed to cars and open to people. Between 16th St and Broadway, Telegraph Avenue will be re-invented as a larger plaza […]

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BevMo? BevNo! in the Temescal

July 18, 2013

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“The best offense is a good defense” is what kept running through my head after the recent Temescal flareup with the possibility of BevMo trying to get a foothold in the Temescal at 49th and Telegraph, the most recent site of the 6500 square foot Frazee Building. When I was tipped off to the fact […]

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Ecocity CoLab: Co-working for a Cause! Opening August 15th

July 8, 2013

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On August 15th, a new kind of collaborative work space will be opening its doors at the recently renovated historic White Building near the 12th and 19th street BART stations in Downtown Oakland: Part co-working space and part innovation lab and ecocity learning network, Ecocity CoLab is designed to bring together individuals and organizations dedicated to creating […]

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Kasper’s Korner Comes Alive at the Temescal Street Fair July 7

June 23, 2013

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Streets are for people too, and no where more so than amongst the temporary park benches, tables & chairs, plants, and street furniture at Kasper’s Korner Music & Art Pocket Park at the Temescal Street Fair, Sunday July 7, 12noon-6pm, corner of Shattuck and Telegraph. Watch this short and creative video to see how the […]

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Niles Canyon/Palomares Canyon by Bicycle

June 3, 2013

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I recently joined up with over 20 folks organized by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition to explore the Niles Canyon area to suggest improvements for CalTrans. Overwhelmed by opposition from local community groups and the City of Fremont, Caltrans has gone back to the drawing board for the Niles Canyon Roadway Widening Project.  No longer included in the project […]

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