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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Oakland City Council Votes on Broadway Streetcar

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On Tuesday, March 15th the Oakland City Council will vote on applying for an alternatives analysis grant for a streetcar linking Jack London Square, Downtown, Uptown, and MacArthur BART via Broadway. The Oakland Streetcar project presents a huge opportunity to revitalize Oakland’s economy and promote smart growth—a similar project in Downtown Los Angeles has been […]
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 […]

A Downtown Oakland for Everyone

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Egon Terplan is SPUR’s regional planning director. This piece is reprinted with permission from the October 2015 of The Urbanist. After years of struggling to attract investment, downtown Oakland is enjoying a renaissance. Organic, bottom-up growth and targeted public investment are resulting in new cultural events, art galleries, restaurants, bars and retail stores. The population […]