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Oakland’s Coliseum City could be transformational if city leaders thought more like Steve Jobs (Community Voices)

I was meeting with clients on 85th Avenue bordering International Boulevard, which consists of a series of warehouses, mixed-use spaces, and affordable housing projects that some consider the industrial...
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What happened to the Ohlone burial sites? (Community Voices)

While looking through shelves of donated books at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, I found a comb-bound publication that looked as though it was made at Kinko's. There was a black-and-white sketch of a...
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Why Oakland needs net neutrality

By Paul Goodman More and more, Oakland is bursting with lively, creative local businesses and artists, and the Federal Communications Commission is weighing issues that could either encourage this creative...
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21 festivals, fancy parties, and other things to do in Oakland, September 19 – 25

There are so many festivals, kickoff parties, galas and soirees this week that they actually outnumber meetings! Oh yeah, Oakland, we know where our priorities are. Throw on something awesome and have a...
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23 not-to-be-missed things to do in Oakland, September 12 – 18

This week features tons of things you'll want to be there for, Oakland! The Crucible is always doing fascinating things with art and fire and "makership" (if that's a word). There's Hispanic Heritage Month to...
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Love Our Lake Day brings love and bikes to Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland September 14

In 2010, the first Oaklavia opened the streets of a very sleepy downtown Oakland on a Sunday afternoon. This year, Oaklavia comes full circle, extending Love Our Lake Day from Lake Merritt down 17th Street to...
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Will crowdfunding change real estate investing in Oakland?

In Oakland and many other cities hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, investors swooped in with bags of cash and scooped up distressed properties to rehab and flip. Much of this investment came from foreign...
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23 gallery-opening, rockin’-out, novelty-absorbing things to do in Oakland and 1 in Piedmont, September 5 – 11

Sure, you'd expect a bunch of art openings for First Friday, and you'd be right. There's even more art action than that this week, though, and there's plenty of bonus music, wicked interesting lectures and...
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Free computers and Internet for Oakland schoolkids, an upcycle opportunity for the rest of us

High-speed Internet access, and computers to use it, have become as essential in education as textbooks. But many kids in Oakland don't have access to high-speed connections at home, or sometimes even...
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Oakland rated 6th worst city for first-time homebuyers

A recent survey by WalletHub that ranked 300 US cities from best to worst for first time homebuyers put Oakland near the bottom. Oakland’s ranking of 295 put it well below San Francisco (232) and slightly...