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Oakland by the numbers: Real estate edition

In the Trulia office in the Financial District of San Francisco, there is a large framed article about the use of real estate numbers in Chinese culture, and how the numbers 4 and 6 are considered inauspicious...
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Oakland residents have a responsibility to connect

The culture — or authenticity, depending on who you talk to — of some of the Bay’s great cities may be slipping away in favor of people who don’t really care about the places they’re moving to....
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Oakland’s business landscape is evolving faster than we think

If you haven’t heard yet, Oakland is gradually moving into the spotlight as a notable hub for tech companies. The state of Oakland’s business landscape is constantly in flux, and has been for the past...
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Nonprofits help seniors stay housed in Oakland

“We need to build more housing at all income levels, including affordable housing,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a recent telephone interview. Oakland city staff are currently working on a Housing...
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Seniors age in place in Oakland’s Chinatown

Above the storefronts, seniors gather during the day to play mahjong, socialize, even practice Chinese opera. “There’s a life here that you would never know,” said Tamiko Wong, executive director of...
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Growing number of Oakland seniors are homeless

Guitar Whitfield, 70, spent much of his life at sea as a merchant marine and a musician on the side. When he returned to Oakland to visit family for the holidays a couple of years ago, he found himself...
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Affordable housing out of reach for many low-income Oakland seniors

Gilbert Gibson, 67 — Bay Area born and bred — is, like so many other seniors, fighting to stay in the apartment where he has lived for 12 years. A graduate of Berkeley High, Mr. G , as he likes to be...
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Oakland community gathers for The Blueprint grand opening

Courtesy of Russ Levi The Blueprint | 439 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94606 |510.473.7197 --- On Sunday, March 15, Open Door's newest project opened its doors to the public, planting a shared...
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Civicorps works to help remake West Oakland

By Doniphan Blair Civicorps may have a prosaic name, which it adopted seven years ago from an even more modest appellation—East Bay Conservation Corps—but don’t let that fool you. Indeed, CC has...
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Gentrification takes a toll on Oakland seniors

At a recent meeting of the Hope and Justice Committee of St. Mary’s Center, the members allowed a reporter to sit in as they discussed their experiences with gentrification. Ortencia is 82 and, like all...