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"They don't do any harm and are not any inefficient when they stay unused."
A car is a costly resource sink. A car is the embodiment of an enormous amount of waste of natural resources and of environmental pollution which are involved in making it and keeping it running.
Just sitting, your car takes up space, along with the millions of other cars out there, that could be used for people and plants, for parks, gardens and creative play spaces.
On the other hand, public transportation uses up far less space and the natural resources required and resulting environmental pollution are far less consequential.
I think there are introductory classes in most colleges and even in high schools with words like "ecology" or "environment" in their titles. Look for a class and take it.
"even cars that are driven 15 to 20k miles a year sit unused 90% of the time"
They don't do any harm and are not any inefficient when they stay unused.
My bed is unused about 75% of the time, too. Should I do as in Jungle by Upton Sinclair and rent the same mattress to multiple people working different shifts, to be "efficient" by your formula.
"Cars are sexy, and fun to drive."
Not if you're stuck in traffic as drivers are increasingly everywhere around the Bay Area.
Alternative-power cars really are not "the answer."
Just a glimpse at the whys: cars are fundamentally wasteful economically--even cars that are driven 15 or 20k miles a year sit unused 90% of the time. That is a very poor use of resources for a society. That's why things like Uber work--people on average have much more car than they need.
Much, if not most, of the pollution from a car comes from making it, rather than driving it.
More efficient transportation includes much more public transit and nonmotorized transportation like bicycling. That, in turn, requires regional (and larger) integration of land use, housing and transportation infrastructure. That's the only route to rational, environmentally-responsible transportation.
Alternative-power cars, sorry. It's the familiar corporate-supplied technological fix for everything that ails us. The automobile-dependent society is the corporate dream of the 1940s and 1950s. We're stuck in a vision that's more than half-a-century old.
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Can't wait to go.
Nice article on a wonderful establishment! The author might also have noted that Oakland has a number of forward-thinking wine shops that specialize in natural wines, including Oakland Crush, Ordinaire's retail section, Paul Marcus, and Bay Grape. Let's also give a shout-out to Trail Marker among Oakland's natural wine-makers!
Great article! Can't wait to check out The Punchdown next time I'm in Oakland. Any advice or recommendations on finding natural wines outside the Bay Area?
Nice article. However, you like many others, neglect to mention another local winemaker from Berkeley (close enough to Oakland, I say) who is one of the pioneers in the low-alcohol, no new oak, non-manipulated style of wine. That would be Steve Edmunds of Edmunds St. John. Just because he's been at it for 30 years doesn't mean he still isn't on the cutting edge, using concrete eggs for his Rocks & Gravel blend as one example.
Viks? Meh. Santos in San Leandro. Giant, warehouse sized market.
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I agree with June. You need to push this analysis outside of 3 retail shops. What about Walter Hood and other black professionals that own businesses and have made a large impact in Oakland.?
Joaquin Miller planted Monterey pines in Joaquin Miller Park and the redwood trees that were devastated to build that City by the Bay regenerated on their own.
Will the EastBay Express consider writing about the greater narrative of the black-owned business? We are more than 3 restaurants, a bookstore and a record shop.
After decades of university education (yes we have been in universities for decades). Oakland is home to Architects, Financial Advisors, Engineers, Doctors, etc. By repeatedly writing about the same 6 stores, you perpetuate the image that black people are no more than retail entertainment.
I hope with this note the East Bay Express will stop, take a look and truly write about us all. I for one am tired of weekly emails and comments for students and adults (black, white and in-between) who did not know there are black architects right here in Oakland, much less elsewhere. Just for starters google the LAX airport to learn about Paul R Williams, the 1st black architect in the US.
I want the East Bay Express to raise it's educational bar. As yourself why you are not aware of black professionals to the point where you assume we do not exist? Become curious. Then print another story about us, the wider narrative of black professionals.
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