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Downtown reading file

September 12, 2008

A few choice articles about the DTO for your perusal:

A new skyscraper proposal seeks to anchor the skyline with a spiral tower between 19th and 20th on Broadway. That means there are now four proposals in the pipeline that would be the tallest buildings in town.

BART floats the idea of charging more to exit at certain crowded stations. No indication if the DTO’s stations may be mooted for this form of congestion pricing.

Council at-large candidates meet Monday in Jack London Square for a forum. Next Wednesday, Rebecca Kaplan opens her campaign HQ in Uptown, while Kerry Hamill will open her Uptown campaign office Friday.

Downtown’s two unfinished condo projects announce plans to reboot, and the Cathedral Building’s full-floor flats get some press.

Alameda’s Naval Air Base reuse plans appear to hinge on how to get folks from the West End of Alameda to downtown Oakland without clogging traffic too much. A Personal Rapid Transit system, like that tentatively proposed for the Oakland Army Base, has been suggested, but widely derided.

Cultural institutions plead for more business support, while the city does its best to make things uncomfortable for nightclubs.

I suggest some new ideas for the downtown zoning update. Besos on the street, anyone?

The City Council’s back next week and downtown will be on the agenda in some form or another. Enjoy the weekend!

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DTO Zoning meeting tonight in Adam's Point

March 17, 2008

Tonight, the Planning Department will present the final of their four public input meetings regarding proposed zoning for the Central Business District. This final meeting will not be downtown, but in Adam’s Point, at the Sailboat House (which is poorly served by public transit) at 6:30. To be discussed are use restrictions, separate residential and commercial zones, and strict design guidelines. For a thorough explanation of what exactly the new zoning proposes, see A Better Oakland’s post, Zoning From Mars.

The proposal will be presented to the Zoning Update Committee of the Planning Commission on Wednesday, at City Hall, which is actually downtown. And near several different transit lines.

Also, I’d like to thank the Oakland Museum for throwing one of the DTO’s best parties ever. Make Me, Hottub, DJs, exhibits, and free beer – I can’t remember so many people ever having so much fun at our beautiful museum.

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