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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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Lessons from Librarians

May 27, 2011

Some of downtown’s oldest institutions and newest ventures made the news this week.

The Swig Company’s approval to build the tallest building in Oakland less than a block from Lake Merritt, replacing a fifty-year-old, publicly-accessible garden, was approved and the deadline for appeal has passed. When the job market improves, Oakland will see serious investment in the Lakeside area.

Hundreds of Oaklanders rallied to save the Oakland Library, which runs two downtown branches as well as the Main Library. Although Councilmember Nancy Nadel, who represents most of downtown, didn’t seem to care about decimating the library system, the majority of Councilmembers appeared to get the message and library supporters are hopeful the service will be spared the budget axe – especially since Oaklanders already pay a dedicated parcel tax for library services.

Speaking of the library, the Main branch is offering a Japanese calligraphy class tomorrow.

Today is the deadline to submit a vegan cupcake recipe to the Rock Paper Scissors annual bake-off.

DTO-headquarted Pandora announced strong revenue growth before its IPO.

Rock Block Oakland reviews Hawker Fare on Tumblr.

The Chronicle reviews sweet and pretty West DTO spot Hibiscus.

After meeting fierce resistance from business interests and cities including Oakland and Alameda, the appointed Bay Area Conversation and Development Commission is revising proposed rules that would reduce elected officials’ ability to plan for waterfront development in places like Jack London Square. Meanwhile, tea partiers crashed a downtown regional planning meeting.

The California Assembly passed a bill to give Oakland (and San Jose) a greater voice in regional transportation planning and funding decisions.

With the aforementioned regional transportation body scheduling severely reduced service on both the Bay Bridge and BART this weekend, it’s a great time to explore Oakland! See you at the library.

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