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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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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...
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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...
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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 year...
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The cost of fighting gentrification in Oakland

The iconic imagination of social-justice movements is occupied largely with images of protest. It's only natural. Protests draw public attention by design. But following this, the next most familiar...
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27 things to do in Oakland while it’s still summer, August 15 – 21

This week feels a little like a fall preview. Oh, we've got some summer left, but this week, stuff to do on the weekend is outweighed by stuff to do during the week. Not entirely summer-like, Oakland. All the...
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Oakland’s own Regina’s Door: Fusing passion for fashion and social justice

On a fateful day in 2003, Regina Evans started Regina’s Door, a customer-service-oriented vintage boutique she ran out of her Australia home; this fall, the business will be moving into a more permanent home...