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Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

It's not just Biff's... The old Kwik Way is threatened. And SpaceBurger just closed for redevelopment. Most of these projects are cheap low-rise apartments or condos. Yes we need housing, but we're losing some of the character of Oakland. Soon it will look like any generic medium-sized city in the US.

Posted by Andrew Danish on 03/10/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Havens for Cinema Junkies: The Legacy of East Bay Movie Houses

What a great walk down memory lane - I spent so many hours at the UC Theatre growing up in the 70s and 80s that I've lost count. The Rialto was a nightmare - "sound bleed" is a kind description of the crimes committed there; buy your ticket for one film, enjoy overlapping soundtracks for 3 movies! The Northside was a great little theater, with respectful audiences and quirky films (anyone remember "Android" or "Nobody's Fool"?). The Act One and Two, The Oaks on Solano, and The Berkeley on Shattuck (where I worked for a summer in 1985, Joe Dante's "Explorers" playing to empty seats) were also terrific, now long-gone memories.

Posted by Justin McFarr on 03/01/2017 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Even a "champagne" socialist beats the hell out of all of the neoliberal "free market" types who dominate local government not to mention most local opinion.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/28/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

We can continue to build nice tall, generic buildings if that's what people really want, but a restored Biff's would have been a hit with the new Millenials as architect Roy notes. We've seen a resurgience in bowling at the Plank, and restored Kwik Way/.Merritt, which someone will probably try to raze again soon. That leaves the classic Alley on Grand which has become a hit with Millenials despite it's run down state. And that's exactly what pepole want; not another expensive skyscraper. Oakland has had a rebirth of modern ,, trendy restaurants , which is great , but lets not let the town loses its old soul. Thank god for the Paraount and Fox theaters https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=7299998174811532615#editor/target=post;postID=4427836600293029248;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=link

Posted by Burt Kaufman on 02/26/2017 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Lake Merritt's Weird, Polluted — And Stinky — Legacy

Thank you very much for your post

Posted by xiaogou on 02/26/2017 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

Let's face facts. I knew Biff's as a kid long, long ago. Even then it was kind of seedy and run down. By the time it shut down in '96, it was more than tired.

Euphoric recall is wonderful, but it's also a fantasy... Today being driven by what I think of as carpet baggers... People who came here long after the glory days of the east bay, ignoring the blight that it became and to an extent still suffers from... Boarded building, out of control city administration and rampant crime in the streets.

I don't see anyone complaining about the loss of the Merritt Bakery. It was open 7/24 had great inexpensive food... and tended to catch fire from time to time.

It's time to rebuild Oakland, not worship a long gone past.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/25/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

It seemed possible to plan a taller denser residential building toward Broadway, and to keep a googie icon. The building was pretty cool at one time, particularly loved the big windows and the rounded interior dining room.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 02/25/2017 at 7:58 AM

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