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Downtown Oakland circa 1910

A new season brings new beginnings

April 8, 2011

The area north of Uptown, controversially called Upper Broadway, is set for a major makeover into a hoped-for retail district. A coalition of advocates for livability, affordable housing, labor rights and the environment outlined their vision for A Better Broadway in Upper Uptown last night. City planners announced to the large crowd that the stalled Broadway Specific Plan would be restarted this month, with a public meeting to unveil new alternatives for the future of Auto Row (after the last round of alternatives met with support from basically nobody).

One of the establishments looking to open in Uptown this Spring is spin-off of Brooklyn scenester lounge Death & Company. Check out their website for a preview of what is coming to 1741 Telegraph.

Hotspot Disco Volante is featured in the Chronicle’s Bar Bites. Come for the food, stay for the live music and a film screening by one of Oakland’s best-known rap groups, Foreign Legion.

Era Artbar celebrates its anniversary with a bash on Saturday night. The beautifully-built arts-inspired dance club has become a touchstone for social functions, civic fundraisers, and Art Murmur after-partying. Saturday’s party features a hosted Ketel One bar and music by DJ Hector.

Art will come to Uptown outside of a gallery or nightclub in the next year. The temporary sculpture garden across the street from the Fox Theater is a go, and will be installed and open to the public in the Fall. Meanwhile, Oakland’s cultural department has planned an artsy makeover of BART’s dingy alley between Broadway and Telegraph near 17th St, and expects its completion next year.

With recently-opened establishments succeeding and new ones on the way, the DTO continues its trajectory toward a revitalization anchored by culture.

1 comment

1 Ken O { 04.08.11 at 1:38 pm }

Where culture = expensive drinking :P
It’s hilarious that D&C will be placed within the confines of a former religious sanctuary. Of sorts.
Thanks for the update. Yes the alley needs help…