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Downtown Oakland circa 1910

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!