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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Brand New Affordable Housing Complex Downtown Now Accepting Applications

Do you qualify for affordable housing? The Nonprofit Affordable Housing Agency, EAH has opened their waitlist for a new housing community in Downtown Oakland they are calling Cathedral Gardens. A portion of the brand new apartments will serve the population with rent at 30% of their income while the other half serves low to middle

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

5 urban planning challenges for downtown Oakland

Recently, Oakland Local sought out five people with long histories in Oakland and asked them to share their thoughts about downtown Oakland’s planning challenges and opportunities. (Read the companion piece here.) For our completely unscientific survey, we...

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Downtown Oakland’s “good bones” — 4 assets in (and under) the city center

When Oakland Local recently picked the brains of five long-time Oaklanders, we didn’t just ask them to tell us about downtown Oakland’s challenges. We also wanted to know what opportunities they saw in the heart of the...

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Latham Square outcomes show flaws in Oakland city planning

Everyone knows the Council voted to restore 2-way traffic to Latham Square, right? So, what happened? At its first meeting of 2014, Oakland city council member Lynette Gibson McElhaney called the Latham Square pilot process a “comedy of...

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Oakland public works committee splits on Latham Square

Latham Square, a pilot pedestrian plaza at the foot of Telegraph Avenue, has become a lightning rod for controversy. The planned six-month pilot was truncated in early October with the reopening of the southbound lane of Telegraph...

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Jean Quan: Oakland has a ballpark design that could sidestep some regulatory hurdles

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says the city will soon reveal a site design for a ballpark at Howard Terminal that will allow it to skip some regulatory hurdles. While addressing the Save Oakland Sports group at Ricky’s Sports Theatre in...

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

OL Holiday Party on 12/11

Were you one of the 138 people who came to Oakland Local’s holiday party? If so, you want to see yourself here–we got lots of pictures, including this batch from Howard Dyckoff.  Enjoy! 

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

With No Way To San Jose, Oakland Awaits A Call From A’s Owner Lew Wolff (Analysis)

Last February, Assistant City Administrator Fred Blackwell spoke to a group of rabid East Bay sports fans at a Mexican restaurant in Oakland. With a margarita in hand, Blackwell uncorked a familiar refrain when it comes to...

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

An interview with filmmaker and Oakland native Fatima Washington

Fatima Washington has directed and produced content for MTV, BET, and NBC, as well as contributing to the legendary series In Living Color.  In 2010, she co-founded CorFat Productions with Corey Johnson, also known as Sunspot Jonz, screenwriter,...

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Oakland businesses divided over Latham Square design

A pilot plaza at Latham Square, created by eliminating car traffic from the 1500 block of Telegraph, where it intersects with Broadway, has garnered controversy since it opened in mid-August.  In early October, the southbound lane of...

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