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Early Xmas gift for cyclists

December 16, 2011

This morning bicycle, pedestrian, transit and business advocates celebrated the installation of 18.1 miles of City-wide bike infrastructure, including long-awaited lanes on Franklin and Webster Streets, connecting downtown’s neighborhoods. Full disclosure: I am a Board Member of Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, which sponsored the press conference in partnership with the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. By the time you read this the lanes will have been fully painted – get out and enjoy them!

While Old Oakland’s Pop Up Hood is going strong, and inspiring entrepreneurs throughout Oakland despite the poor economy, Uptown is getting in on the holiday shopping action with a temporary gift fair this weekend at the Betti Ono Gallery (1804 Telegraph) across the street from the Fox Theater. The holiday shopping extravaganza with local artisans and manufacturers kicks off tonight with a party from 7 to 10pm, and continues all weekend from 11am-5pm in conjunction with the Uptown Stroll, when local bars, restaurants and shops (including EntreZ and Feelmore510) offer holiday discounts. And in the spirit of the season, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Covenant House, an organization that works with homeless youth.

There are other great opportunities to contribute downtown. Tonight, The Uptown Nightclub (1928 Telegraph Ave) will waive its cover charge for a donation of a new, unwrapped toy to the Mayor’s Toy Drive. If you come downtown for business, consider bringing canned food to donate to the Alameda County Food Bank, which has donation drop-offs in the lobbies of most office buildings. The Food Bank can stretch your dollars further because of bulk purchasing, so also consider making a cash donation, which you can do online at

Happy holidays!

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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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