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Posted by Editor on 05/22/2015 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Copper Spoon to Replace Art's Crab Shack

This will add to the number of restaurants where I can't afford to eat in my own neighborhood. All these new places are EXPENSIVE. Had to spend $3.50 for coffee that is usually $2 even at Starbucks at one of them. I may go once, but never often.

I'm also concerned as the two venues most frequented by blacks are now closed. I did not go to either very much. I do know that the place at MacArthur and Piedmont has been the target of neighbor complaints for years.

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Posted by Don Macleay on 05/22/2015 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Copper Spoon to Replace Art's Crab Shack

Arts went out of Business, they sold. Why is it that when an old bar/ restaurant closes it suddenly is gentrified when something else takes it's place. People have different tastes now. the old stuff isn't what we want. besides, Arts did not want to be in business any longer. So something else opens. That is the nature of restaurants. I can't remember the last time I went to Arts and it was great. you spend like $40 bucks and the crab was not very good. I for one welcome the change

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Posted by Lexi Lu on 05/21/2015 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Copper Spoon to Replace Art's Crab Shack

Sounds like a great new spot! However, describing "a local watering hole where all of Oakland can meet" (subtext: "the people that used to go to Art's will totally be comfortable at this new place") seems to be an awfully optimistic outlook, particularly to anyone that has watched Oakland's waning old guard establishments and their replacements over the last few years. The cynic in me reads "at least a portion of their menu will be affordable" and envisions bar nuts, maybe one or two of the appetizers?

We'll see if these egalitarian claims pan out, or are mere lip service to quell some of that tangy Gentrifiers' Guilt.

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Posted by Max Chanowitz on 05/21/2015 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Taqueria El Serves the Best Tacos in Town

yall just gentrified our favorite spot.... SMDH some things are best kept on the DOWN MF LOW

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Posted by Chhoti Maa on 05/21/2015 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Copper Spoon to Replace Art's Crab Shack

Well said Miss Simone! You have been a part of Oakland's colorful fabric for almost two decades. Not only do you have the skills to invent a cocktail for an old school local or a fine young hipster, you have the work ethic and passion that puts all of us to shame.
Cannot wait for Team Sassy to get Copper Spoon up and simmering for the Bay to experience

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Posted by Heather Hasler on 05/20/2015 at 7:46 PM

Re: “The Other Noodle Soup

I heartily endorse the above review. Every dish I have ordered has been outstanding, and I have begun to eat my way through the whole menu. The atmosphere is casual and friendly; Hien complements the wonderful food with friendly and professional efficiency. If I could only eat at one restaurant, I would easily choose Bun Mam Soc Trang.

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Posted by James Maslach on 05/17/2015 at 8:15 PM

Re: “The Whole Hog

Too bad I didn't see any of these delicious items on the menu last night... I know I would have been much happier.

Cheese and charcuterie plate was #predictable and boring
Octopus was tad over-cooked
Squash blossoms was ok; but not memorable
Pizza was good I heard; But by then, I was done with the place

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Posted by Samayou kodomo on 05/16/2015 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Cult-Favorite Cameroonian Pop-Up Is Now a Restaurant in East Oakland

This is what Im talking. The black community in Oakland coming together to make things happen. My brother from Cameroon had some hard times and the community came together, both the African American community and Oakland in general to help this brother through crowdfunding. Oakland does it again.

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Posted by Orlando Coombs on 04/30/2015 at 12:00 AM

Re: “A Tiny Pub with Big Appeal

Pricey. Bay area prices slowly killing us.

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Posted by Nikki Simonsen on 04/23/2015 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Iyasare and the Essence of Umami

The menu quoted on the was $70/person without cocktails and service, That is a bit north of what I consider casual dining (Perhaps Chow or Sidebar).

This sounds divine, but casual dining is not what I might call it.

(but maybe that is just me)

Posted by Gil Batzri on 04/22/2015 at 6:01 PM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

Desi Mundo, you're twisting facts to create a values polemic and I don't care to engage in that. The point of my comments are to bring to light important facts intentionally missing from Luke's posts.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 04/17/2015 at 11:15 AM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

Keeping an empty lot and occasionally tossing out the garbage on it for years was not a sound strategy against repeat blight. Afrikatown and Qilombo remove vandalism and garbage daily, and have created something that serves the neighborhood. They routinely feed the residents. Prior to that, the lot was an eyesore for YEARS... People called us routinely for several years to paint a mural and clean-up that lot. But we waited until there was a solid institution with neighborhood support in place before contributing the mural. Qilombo and Afrikatown is that community-based organization that have the neighborhood's best interest at heart. Prior to the speculation and gentrification hype, the owner did the minimal, if anything. Now that Oakland is popular, the landowner wants to get paid. Its a normal capitalist sentiment. But its far from altruistic.

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Posted by Desi Mundo on 04/14/2015 at 8:15 PM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

Desi Wome any blight was community generated. The owner wasn't dumping his used mattresses and TV's on the lot, but he was paying to have them hauled off.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 04/14/2015 at 8:05 AM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

Its a hallucination to say that the lot wasn't blighted. Please share links to ANY photos of the lot as a clean place prior to Afrikatown. Its also disturbing that a lot of that size is worth almost a million dollars. Oakland's price has gone too far up. Thank you to community at Qilombo for championing the plight of the landless and priced-out, primarily people of color in Oakland!

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Posted by Desi Wome on 04/14/2015 at 7:54 AM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

Todd Jersey, the owner has never neglected the land. He's routinely cleaned-up the lot and kept it secure. He's paid the property tax every single year he's owned the lot. The owner has also been working for years to develop housing on the lot to replace the apartment building that burned down.

Some of you folks are championing a false narrative and that's not justice!

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 04/13/2015 at 8:51 AM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

The garden idea while the land was in neglect was a great way to beautify the area and serve a need. However, the BOTTOM LINE- That shit don't belong to you. I wish a ________ WOULD try to tell me what to do with what's mine. Like he said {shrug} you can buy it.

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Posted by Anthony Moore on 04/12/2015 at 2:50 PM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

If we had squatters rights for taking over derelict and neglected property we would have owners investing in maintaining them. Also there would be incentive for owners to collaborate with community agriculture groups. Cuba has laws that anyone can farm unused and neglected land and it works. Havana has some of the most productive urban ag on the planet

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Posted by Todd Jersey on 04/10/2015 at 11:48 PM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

@Alphie Noakes, the literal meaning of gentrification is something very different than the context of community displacement that is inferred when we talk about gentrification.

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Posted by K. Swift on 04/10/2015 at 6:01 PM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

Here's a link to the fundraiser -

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Posted by K. Swift on 04/10/2015 at 6:00 PM

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