Categories for City Developments

Architectural Stunner to Get Facelift

For more than a decade, The former Oakland Auditorium has sat idle at the east end of Lake Merritt. Waiting, in all its grandeur, for someone to step-up and return it to its former glory. Well, the time has come! The redevelopment is set to be underway by this summer. With a rich history focused on community engagement, locals are hoping the refurbished auditorium will be restored what it once was. Read More

Real Estate Development in Oakland

There are many sides to factor in when we talk about development – especially in The East Bay. I think the importance of listening, tolerance and perspective are more necessary these days – as Oakland and Berkeley attempt to balance current need and the swing of “progress” – I thought this article was helpful in giving data and how it impacts many of our neighbors. Overall, this is a good article on local real estate news in The East Bay. Read More

Urban Farmer? Maybe not yet….

….but we live in an area with a lot of consistent sunshine and a good average temperature. My wife and I have tried growing all kinds of things in the yard, some work (tomatoes and kale,) some did not (cucumbers and artichokes.) This experimentation process led us to raise bees (which we love and continue to do today,) become closer with our neighbors and swap our bounty with friends and family. Have fun, get your fingernails dirty and learn to love those worms! Read More

bike share

You’re Commute from the East Bay is About to Get Easier

Bay Area Bike Share is expanding. Over 5,000 Bay Area residents submitted suggestions to push and pedal for more bike share stations and add more value to the East Bay. Check out the attached PDF reflecting proposed expansion sites in the Uptown, North Oakland, and Grand Lake areas. The Hive, Grand Lake Theater, Temescal, and lake Merritt will be buzzing in 2017! I will look for you on your bike! Read More  

Eastline project

Downtown project would bring Oakland 4,600 jobs

A downtown Oakland project could mean thousands of jobs for east bay residents. The project, which includes a total of 870,000 square feet- 50,000 of which will be retail space- is known as “Eastline” and is expected to greatly benefit Oakland and directly impact the growth and revitalization of the area. Read more   

Sante Fe Can

Market/Adeline/Aileen Streets Infrastructure Improvements

Santa Fe and Longfellow residents recently received a letter regarding infrastructure improvements to increase pedestrian and traffic safety of the Market, Aileen and Adeline Streets intersections. Improvements are scheduled to begin in November 2016 and end in March 2017 Read More  

Brooklyn Basin

More Oakland Development

Brooklyn Basin, a new development on the Oakland Estuary, looks like a “go.” Coastline meets skyline. Check it out. Read More  

Berkeley: High-rise hotel permit approved

A high-rise hotel project catty-corner from the downtown Berkeley BART station has received a use permit from the Zoning Adjustments Board.   Click here to read the full article on EastBayTimes.com.

Noisy Airbnb guests next door? Now you can report them

“In another effort to brand itself as a good neighbor in the face of controversy swirling around the home-sharing industry, Airbnb is making it easier for people to report problem properties in their community.”   Click here to read the full article on EastBayTimes.com.

Alameda HOA Responds to Drought with Lawn-Free Landscape

“In 2015, with California in the midst of one of the most severe droughts on record, a community of more than 400 homes in Alameda replaced a large swath of water-intensive lawn with beautiful water-saving landscaping. ”   Click here to read the full article on stopwaste.org