Oaklanders are nothing if not passionate about their Town. In 2013, San Francisco’s tech boom brought an influx of money into Oakland, for good and bad. Residents celebrated some new development at the same time they worried that the housing crisis and economic cleansing would spread across the Bay. Mostly, though, we really hate that Google bus.

Here are some of the top economic and development stories from Oakland Local in 2013.

 9: 2013 saw the opening of a beautiful new civic space in Oakland that people from around the Bay and around the world flocked to, on foot and by bicycle: The new Bay Bridge Bike Path: Here’s where to get on in Oaktown and Emeryville.

8: Another new civic space, meant to link downtown to Uptown, ended up dividing residents and business owners, as the future of Latham Square continues to play out.

7: A much bigger development broke ground, bringing potentially huge changes to the face of Oakland: First phase of massive $1.2 billion Oakland Army Base project begins.

6: Oakland gardeners were surprised to find that their flowers might be harboring dangerous pesticides: Oakland gardens may be killing local bees.

5: As San Francisco’s housing crisis threatened to spread across the Bay, Oakland renters felt the squeeze: Bay Area real estate boom changing the face of Oakland.

4: As growing economic inequality fueled property crimes, some of Oakland’s tonier neighborhoods took safety into their own hands with a controversial move: New private patrols keep homes safe in Oakmore and Upper Dimond.

3: No misfortune would hit Oakland fans harder than losing the A’s and the Raiders. As the owners and the mayor worked for solutions to keep the teams in town and bring new investment to the Coliseum, Oakland Local followed the story: Jean Quan: Oakland has a ballpark design that could sidestep some regulatory hurdles; Coliseum City Developers Seek One-Year Extension Of Negotiating Agreement; A’s Owner Hints At Downtown Ballpark in Oakland.

2:  A steep rise in real estate prices this spring sent buyers and sellers scrambling and left many in Oakland wondering whether we were in for a repeat of the last real estate boom: Oakland real estate soars: Another bubble?

1: It started in San Francisco but, within a week, two Oakland BART stations saw protesters blocking the big white buses that transport workers to Silicon Valley in luxury. Why do we hate the Google buses? Perhaps because they symbolize the dirty underbelly of the tech boom: a growing gulf between haves and have-nots that could change the character of the Town we love: #Googlebus protest– What does it say about Oakland’s future?


About The Author

Laura McCamy, is a freelance writer, editor and researcher, and a contributing production editor at Oakland Local. Her work also appears in Momentum Magazine and the Intuit Small Business Blog. Follow Laura on twitter @lmcwords

4 Responses

  1. Contessa

    I’m most curious about the photo for this article. It depicts 984 53rd Street, where that same for-sale sign has been hanging for about 3-4 years, on top of a constant craigslist offer of the place for rent. Which is it? For rent or for sale? And if the area is so hot, why sitting there for 3-4 years? This is essentially an ad for “Classic Properties,” which clearly does not deserve promotion. What gives?

  2. Susan Mernit

    Thanks for asking. Oakland Local often uses creative commons and public domain photos to illustrate stories when we do not take specific photos to go with the article. This photo fits into this category. Our intention was to show a For Sale sign, one of many. We have no relationship to Classic Properties and meant this to be illustrative, not specific. Given that we didn’t identify the house or the address, it didn’t feel like an ad to us (we don’t make news photos into ads, why would we?)
    I’m imagining you’re a neighbor near this house; have you tried contacting the company to get some answers to your questions?

  3. Laura McCamy

    Further photo clarification: I believe I took that photo to go with an article I wrote in June about the real estate boom in Oakland. I selected the house at random because it was on my bike route. I guess some spots in North Oakland are not experiencing the boom!


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