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22 festival-heavy things to do in Oakland, August 8 – 14

This week isn't just festive, it boasts multiple festivals of various kinds, including great food, terrific music, and even one where you can bring your dog to a museum. (No, really.) Enjoy! Friday, August...
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Oakland real estate market awash in cash

Today's overheated Bay Area real estate market is very different for buyers than the real estate bubble of the mid-2000s. “There have been a lot of all-cash deals,” says realtor Martha Hill of Pacific...
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Oakland’s alternative incubators

Business Incubators could be a huge resource for creating the kind of local, sustainable, inclusive businesses that will promote the revitalization of Oakland, as opposed to its...
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Closing the graduation gap at Mills College and UC Merced: There’s an app for that

Brioxy, an interactive planning application aimed at meeting the needs of young people of color, is coming soon to a web browser near you. Brioxy founder B. Cole and her team of techies built the online tool...
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20 things to do in Oakland that are riddled with unapologetic fun, August 1 – 7

You know what, Oakland? I'm really glad to see you getting out and having fun. Sure, there are a couple of meetings this week, but when aren't there? This is about as close to an events calendar of pure...
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Free Juice pops up in downtown Oakland

In a tiny but shiny retail space at 352 17th Street, near Harrison in downtown Oakland, a fresh face has popped up. Working with Popuphood, which is curating retail tenants for the landlord, upstart food...
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Liba Falafel opens Downtown Oakland’s newest foodie hotspot

On a tree-lined block of 17th Street between Franklin and Harrison in downtown Oakland, popular food truck Liba Falafel has settled into a brick-and-mortar location. Although owner Gail Lillian tried to keep a...
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A look at two Bay-Area co-ops

In the kitchen of a co-operative house in North Oakland, Jeremy Blanchard sautées squash and zucchini in a cast-iron skillet. He greets a roommate who has just come from work and helps another search for the...
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Oakland’s solidarity economy

If I let on that, here in Oakland, there is a graphic design business, a bakery, a design-build firm, a business incubator and a bicycle courier company that all have one very important similarity, what would...
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25 crazy-fun things to do in Oakland with hardly any meetings at all, July 25 – 31

First off, Oakland, we double-dog-dare you to be bored on Saturday. There are some brand new and one-of-a-kind events this week, too, and so few meetings, it's clear that the people who would normally be...