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Friday, July 18th, 2014

Zombies, and antlers, and lettuce, oh my! Oakland’s Pro Arts Gallery opens its Bay Area Currents 2014 show

Zombies are a “stigmatized group” and Oakland artist George Pfau is here to tell you about them. Pfau is one of eight artists showcasing his work at Bay Area Currents 2014, the annual exhibition hosted by Oakland’s Pro Arts Gallery. Entitled “The Disquiet,” after Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet, this year’s exhibition focuses on

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Old Oakland’s Galeto Brazilian Grill: Authentic rodízio with Italian roots

On the corner of Clay and 11th street in Old Oakland sits a spacious, clean, and contemporary Brazilian steakhouse. Owner Eli Nascimento, an experienced and hospitable man from Brasilia, already runs two other steakhouses in the Bay...

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Oakland’s 8 best walkable neighborhoods

Oakland’s overall Walk Score is a respectable 69, just one point shy of the Very Walkable designation. Oakland has so many great, walkable spaces that it’s impossible to list them all.  Here the most inviting places to...

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Tambo Peruvian: Latin American authenticity comes to Oakland

By Angela Lazear. Cross-posted from the East Bay Food Scene. We’ve all been exposed to regional foods over the course of our lives, but let’s face it, the food available to us in the past wasn’t anything...

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...

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...

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