Oaklanders turned out in force for the first Oaklavia, a Sunday afternoon party that shut down 2 miles of streets to automotive traffic, freeing the space for bikes walkers and fun. OL's photography contributing editor and local photography whiz Paula Wirth was on hand to shoot pictures of the 2,000 + people who reportedly turned out–here's a selection of her images. 

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Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.