downtown oakland
Downtown Oakland circa 1910

DTO Reading File, March 2011

March 25, 2011

Stay up to date on the latest news regarding downtown Oaktown, a service this blog has been providing for four years now!

Though the Central Business District real estate market remains in the doldrums, there are some spots of activity. The FBI signed Oakland’s largest lease at downtown’s newest office building, Center 21, reports the Business Times.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is planning to vacate its Oakland headquarters and has put out an RFP for a office space in Oakland or San Francisco. Will Oakland keep this important regional agency, and continue to have the opportunity to provide public input on their decision-making?

Marco Li Mandri, who helped create the Downtown Association’s Business Improvement Districts, is on a mission to revive ethnic commercial neighborhoods throughout California, including Koreatown on the border of Uptown.

The City of Oakland is looking for photographs of bicyclists to create a series of Bike Oakland postcards.

Uptown hotspot Somar Bar celebrated its two-year anniversary yesterday.

Auto Row is seeing more restaurants and bars take over spaces once used for car dealerships or auto repair. The latest, 3000 Broadway, is a sports bar with a comfortable atmosphere, the Trib reports.

The Oakland Museum offers a thought-provoking exhibit on the art of the Missions, where Christianity, colonization, and fine art interacted to lay the groundwork for today’s California, reviewed by the East Bay Express.

Near downtown, NIMBYs have risen up to oppose a long-planned dog park on one quarter acre of Lake Merritt’s 75 acres of parkland. DrakeTalk covers the public meeting earlier this week.

Like many other East Bay cities, Oakland has offered sites to be the new facilities of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A high-rise proposal adjacent to Lake Merritt appears to be the most competitive, and is profiled by the Oakland Tribune.

And on a sadder note, Sistahs Steppin’ In Pride, the annual march and gathering around Lake Merritt to celebrate women who love women, has announced that this tenth year will be the last.

This weekend Oaklanders can watch a marathon throughout the city, but especially downtown. Stake our your spot at the Oakland Running Festival and cheer on the runners!

Next week: First Friday!


1 V Smoothe { 03.26.11 at 8:51 am }

Congratulations on your anniversary! Four years is a long time for a blog. (ABO will be celebrating that milestone this May.)

2 Ken O { 03.27.11 at 12:21 am }

What V said. Congrats on your fourth “tour!” Xolo Taqueria was supposed to open this weekend, don’t know if that happened.

I was out partying too much to do the 5k twilight run, will do it next year at minimum.


3 Gene { 03.30.11 at 11:53 am }

Congrats! And great to finally put a face to the blog at SomaR after the running festival.