SPUR Walking Tour: Exploring Oakland: Uptown

"Over a decade ago, Oakland embarked on a major project to remake the northern edge of its downtown. Dubbed “Uptown,” the mixed-use community developed by Forest City includes 665 rental apartments (25 percent of which are affordable units), 9,000-square-feet of neighborhood retail space and a 25,000-square-foot public park. Hear how this LEED Silver residential project (Oakland’s first) fits into the City’s plans for future growth. With Abigail Friedland and Jim Ostrom of Forest City and Jens Hillmer of the Community and Economic Development Agency of the City of Oakland."

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Latham Square's moveable street furniture

Oakland’s Latham Square: Plaza to the People

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Just two weeks after Oakland’s Latham Square opened on August 16, office workers could be seen arriving in ones and twos at lunchtime. A clutch of high schoolers from the nearby Oakland School For the Arts zoomed in on skateboards and sat together on a big bench in the shade, looking cool and disaffected. The park, which made […]

Vote to Hand Latham Square Back to Cars Bodes Ill for Downtown Oakland

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After a trial public plaza at Latham Square was undercut by Oakland’s Planning and Building Manager, the Oakland City Council voted last week to reinstate two-way car traffic on the small, southernmost block of Telegraph Avenue, caving to merchants and developers pushing for unfettered car access. At their January 7 City Council meeting, Oakland council members considered […]
I-880 severs downtown Oakland from Jack London Square. What can be done about it? All Images from the SPUR presentations unless otherwise indicated

SPUR Talk: Reconnecting Oakland to its Waterfront

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Stand in downtown Oakland and look around and it can be easy to forget it’s a coastal city. That’s because Interstate 880 cuts a giant, uninviting swath between the city center and the waterfront at Jack London Square. But that could change. Walk this Way: The Broadway/Webster Project aims to make it more inviting to […]