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Redoing, Renewing, and Reconsidering: a week of news

August 12, 2011

Reuse, reinvigoration, and reconsideration is the theme of today’s round up of news about downtown Oakland.

Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan submitted a grant this week to create a bike station, providing all-day valet bicycle parking as well as other services, next to the Bulldog Cafe on Broadway near the 19th St BART station – a space much in need of renovation.

Sungevity signed a lease renewal to more than double their office space in Jack London Square, with hiring to match. The Mayor and downtown business advocates hailed the expansion as indicative of a growing high-tech and green-tech sector in Oakland.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is reconsidering their heavily criticized (and very expensive) move to San Francisco at an emergency meeting next Wednesday morning at their Oakland headquarters.

Living in the O reports on materials testing for a new art installation in the BART-owned alley between 17th and 19th Streets, intended to revitalize this grim and dank stretch of Uptown.

The East Bay Express has an update on changes coming to Old Oakland’s renovated Swan Market.

A lease has been signed for the once-time Metro Opera House near Jack London Square. Look for the space to reopen as an eclectic, rock-oriented club, at the end of this year.

Later this month: Facade Watch returns!

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Never gonna give you up…

July 29, 2011

The month of July, despite heralding the much-delayed introduction of summery weather, bore mostly bad news for downtown Oakland’s economic development. But there is good news on the horizon, as well as a full plate of cultural experiences for your DTO weekend.

Economic revitalization attempts

Mayor Quan vowed not to give up on keeping the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in Oakland.

Bay Area chain Faz announced it will be taking over the old Verbena space in 1111 Broadway.

Civic leaders pushed for locating the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab expansion near downtown, as part of the Oak-to-Ninth development.

And in cultural news…

OaklandNorth tells legends from Oakland’s oldest bar, Heinold’s First & Last Chance Saloon.

Jack London Square will teach you the foxtrot as part of Dancing Under the Stars, tonight.

Upscale Southern-inspired eatery Pican celebrates Georgia’s peach with signature dishes, desserts and drinks.

The Lake Merritt Hotel’s Terrace Room hosts swing dancing with dinner, on Saturday.

Miss Pearl’s Jam House hosts stand-up comics tonight and Saturday, and on-going.

The new Art Murmur event, called Saturday Stroll, is now every Saturday – so you don’t have to wait a month to get your art on!

The Oakland Museum and its revamped cafe host a Happy Hour with late-night gallery hours.

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