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Saturday, September 13th, 2014

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 parts of East Oakland. Coliseum City has the potential to be a monumental transformational project for Oakland for many reasons. Light Industry Helps Because the Area is Prime

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

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 celebrate. We’ve...

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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 Broadway...

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

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 Native...

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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 nationals and...

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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 events, and...

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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 computers, which puts them at a huge...

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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 below...

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Oakland by the Numbers, 8/27/14 (Real Estate Edition)

Numbers speak louder than words. Their clarity, simplicity and elegance are unsurpassed, coming from a Hindu-Arabic rather than a Roman tradition. While the Romans worshiped deities with human forms, the Hindus and Arabs, through meditation on the...

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

16 festival-tastic things to do in Oakland, August 29 – September 4

Here in Oakland, when we sense the beginning of fall approaching, we like to cram in as many festivals as we possibly can before that happens. We’ve got some great ones this week–the kind we wait all...

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