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Re: “Turning Housing into Hotels

After creating a User/PW, Subscribing to this thread, and posting I see my posting was removed. Strange...

Thanks for nothing. It looks like 81 year old folks are not welcome.

Posted by Paul Smith on 10/03/2016 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Turning Housing into Hotels

I'm 81 and my wife is 87. We purchased a home in Oakland in 1982, and converted it from a duplex to a 4 plex. We now live in one of the apartments. With rent control as it is we'd be hard pressed to do well financially if we didn't have Social Security checks, such as they are.

Our single unit rents for $1062 and a 2 bedroom apt rents for $1585. Our tenants have nicer furniture than we do. I wonder why?

Posted by Paul Smith on 10/03/2016 at 1:54 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

People have to make their own scenes elsewhere. Richmond, Vallejo, Martinez, Stockton, etc all need artists to come and make their town great. And it's always inevitable. The place where this artist collective was at was once a carpet factory, which provided J-O-B-S for people, not just 14 artists living cheaply. It provided real jobs, so people could buy real homes.

Posted by Jane Smith 1 on 10/02/2016 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

I appreciate Luke's reviews and articles, not that I always agree with him. If the point of this article was to expose "whitewashed" ethnic cuisine, perhaps he shouldn't have used Asians (hapa Korean guy and Japanese woman) cooking kebabs as an example. Just about every country/culture has it's version of kebabs or meat on a stick. And yes that includes Europeans/white people: Greeks, Italians, Serbs, Russians, etc... You know parts of Europe were once parts of the Ottoman, and Persian empires, and that influenced the cuisine. I get the whitewashing complaint. I'm a white guy, but I was annoyed when they cast Tilda Swinton (still a great actress) to play 'The Ancient One' in 'Doctor Strange'. But as far as "cooking other peoples' food goes": If I'm having dinner in a Korea town restaurant, frankly I don't give a shit if the cook is Mexican, as long as the food tastes good. But that's never a complaint, only when a gringo cooks ethnic food does it become "cultural appropriation". It seems that term has become a default negative in the minds of some of my fellow liberals. I suppose I shouldn't celebrate lunar new year with my Asian family, because it's cultural appropriation. Give me a break. People migrate, cultures and cuisines mix. Having said all that, If white rock star chefs insist on opening these ethnic restaurants, I prefer they at least employ some Thai (as an example) cooks and staff. When I go to a Chinese restaurant, and there's a white waitress who can't speak a word of Chinese, I'm not going to trust the food.

Posted by Brian Rogers on 09/28/2016 at 11:11 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

I agree with the last comment. Fuck Prime 100%. RIP T Mack and Craig.

Posted by blaseblase on 09/28/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

I appreciate the value of your article, but have to take issue that Prime Gallery is named among artist collectives that "threw late-night events without attracting law-enforcement attention." They're characterized as this underground venue that was nurturing of a diverse community, and portrayed as victims of neighbors who watched them as though under a telescope.

This is a gross misrepresentation of this particular scene, which was comprised of teens and early 20 somethings that would leave shattered liquor bottles for blocks around. Kids from the parties would tag on residences, local businesses, and neighborhood murals. In less than a year, the small gatherings had escalated into weekly block parties that would prevent traffic from passing and would bring cops well into the morning hours. Neighbors confronted them several times, particularly after gun shots were fired.

It is true that eventually they were removed from the space. Tragically, this was not before their August eviction party culminated in the murders of two young men. Prime Gallery should not be portrayed as a loss to Oakland's art and music culture - it was an inevitable explosion that was not diffused in time.

Posted by Long Memory on 09/26/2016 at 11:26 PM

Re: “A People-Focused Solution

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Posted by verline_manahan on 09/26/2016 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Craft Beer Keeps Growing, And Corporate Beer Keeps Swallowing Up Independent Breweries

So far, AB InBev hasn't messed up my favorite Goose Island brews since buying them in 2011.

Posted by Bob Koelle on 09/26/2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

In the 80's the City of Atlanta gave empty schools to non-profit organizations. Many artist hubs are still in these buildings today.

Posted by Elena Ronquillo on 09/22/2016 at 10:38 AM

Re: “The Future of Feces

Wow. I have had ulcerative colitis for 30 years. I asked my GI Doctor about this. He said that right now the cost is prohibitive because my insurance company would not pay for the donor testing. How did you do it at home?

Posted by Claire G on 09/21/2016 at 8:23 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

Thank you, Nastia, for documenting yet another great loss of authentic culture in Oakland...The article ends with there being only one sure thing: that until market forces change, Oakland's underground scene will also keep going into the ground...Well...there might be one other sure thing:

Oakland has deep roots in organizing!

And that is what we'll need to do to help remind our political leaders that "WHEN there is a will, there IS a way" to preserve our culture, to ensure affordability, and to prevent more displacement.

I lost our shared space when our rent went up 40% and also closed at the end of this July. But for the the past year, our neighborhood artists and business owners have been figuring out how we can create Cultural Arts Districts that might skip street banners and go straight to regulations and incentives that preserve what's unique about Oakland.

We're at the start of forming a city-wide effort to get these policies into place, like cultural zoning overlays and development guidelines for developers who, BTW, don't make much money on ground floor uses anyway, to really do something different to provide opportunity and access to spaces that remain affordable.

Plenty of other cities and states have succeeded. (SOHO and DUMBO are NOT good examples, but Seattle is doing something interesting!)

So 2 THINGS YOU CAN DO: please check out this petition that supports creating a cultural arts district in Uptown and asks the City to create a task force for Cultural Arts Districts for ALL NEIGHBORHOODS in Oakland. The more people who participate and get involved, the more chance we have at moving from policy recommendations to policy ACTION.…


The CA Arts Council is going around the state to get input from folks on how to roll out a statewide framework for Cultural Arts Districts! (How about that??) They're coming to Oakland:

Wed, October 5, 2016
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Youth Radio Arts Venue
1719 Broadway
Oakland, CA

It's FREE, bring your story and suggestions and register from this page.…

We can do this!

Hiroko (from the former 25th St. Collective)
for more info:

Posted by HirokoKurihara on 09/21/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

I am deeply concerned about what gentrification is doing to our city- the people and our cultures. I manager the Niebyl Proctor Community Library at 6501 Telegraph here in North Oakland. I would like to help with making our spaces available. We are a non-profit and we do charge a fraction of the rental rates around here. Feel free to reach out to us at (510) 595-7417 or (510) 290-5595 ask for Brotha Clark or Mama Cassie.

Posted by Cassandra Lopez on 09/21/2016 at 5:05 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

NB: warehouses.

The bigger issue is where did the businesses go that built the warehouses? yeah, good on artists for moving in and taking advantage of that economic dislocation, but they sure don't employ as many people, and it always leads to the next wave of settlers. We didn't seem to see much bemoaning the loss of the carpet company or other occupants. Different class.

Anyone have a model for supporting arts that doesn't involve this same old cycle?

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 09/21/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

"We are the people falling thru the cracks
Our backs broken from bending over backwards,
We can't go forward
Fallin' behind the finish line
We the People time after time
Find ourselves displaced,
Our future erased
The paper chase out ran us
We the People denied justice......"…

Please share OUR story. Art is the connection between the identity and language. Art is the history of a people's culture and ancestors. Artists need to be valued more. The attraction of outsiders to Oakland is due to the cultural spirit of artists that have created a spiritual/creative refuge for unheard voices. Displacing us is an act of spiritual warfare. Silence will not protect you.

Posted by T.K. Butler on 09/21/2016 at 12:54 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

This is happening in Austin as well. Any city that has a well-defined arts 'scene' has seen their creative existence used as a marketing scheme by the city, as a sales perk by real estate agents, and as a 'cool quotient' seal of approval by developers. Developers move in, add housing for the moneyed looking to live in an "edgy" part of town, the property taxes rise and the landlords need to adjust their rents accordingly.

Landlords who had a relaxed attitude towards their renters were often just happy to have steady rent in an unsteady part of town, once the property value goes up, the rent increases. Blaming increasing rents on simple greed is an easy way out.
Look to the city officials who are allowing developers to steer the ship and tax offices that base property taxes on popularity rather than actual value.

Although the internet allows many of us to work at a distance, it's cold comfort for the up and coming artists who have been forced out of the neighborhoods they helped to create in order to preserve their own financial stability.

This happens everywhere on a continuous basis. A great book on the subject is called Neo-Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Postindustrial City. This is not the first time artists have faced this crisis of development, and
it's not the last.

Posted by Elle Green on 09/21/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

Where are the rave displacement mitigation funds we were promised, Kaplan? Where will us second wave gentrifiers drop enough MDMA to kill horse if not in low density warehouses?

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 09/21/2016 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture


Posted by Oceanview on 09/21/2016 at 7:32 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

Ddddaaaamn. Sadly this is a trend happening in major cities all across the nation. I wonder what's gonna happen next.

Posted by Guerrilla Davis on 09/21/2016 at 3:08 AM

Re: “Craft Beer Keeps Growing, And Corporate Beer Keeps Swallowing Up Independent Breweries

is there any way to keep track of "craft" beers that are owned by the beeropoly?

Posted by marty bauer on 09/19/2016 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Just Vegas, Baby?: What Are the Odds that the Oakland Raiders Move to Sin City?

Las Vegas can do whatever they want to throw money at Davis. At the end of the day, that is not the real issue. No matter what Vegas casino crooks like Sheldon Adelson think, the ultimate question is as follows. Do the modern, corporate, billionaire NFL owners want a franchise partner in the gambling business, in a city known for morally questionable activities (gambling, prostitution), where pretty much anything goes. These owners are obsessed with the value of their NFL shield and my bet is that allowing Davis to move here is a much larger hurdle than naive and desperate Davis thinks it is. My bet is that the NFL owners do not want their young, rich players rolling into Vegas every weekend wandering the strip and various other venues in their free time. Nothing but bad can come from this situation. NFL security will constantly be under pressure to control an unmanageable situation. In addition, the Raider players will constantly be tempted by savory characters and situations that could lead to constant rumors about point shaving and extortion. That is not the front page story that makes the NFL brand stronger moving forward. At the same time, Oakland is in the hottest economic market in the country and the 49ers are trending down. The NFL owners will not be in favor of losing a storied NFL franchise (Oakland Raiders) in a major market in the country. Mark Davis does not represent current NFL ownership. They are corporate, fiscally sophisticated and insanely wealthy. Davis is a picture of the past. He is rough around the edges, unsophisticated, simple and broke. The NFL press conference last year, where the owners awarded the Rams first position in LA, was a great snapshot. The Rams ownership appeared to be corporate and well healed, adorned in expensive designer suits. Davis looked like he crawled out of a trailer and had on a pin stripe suit that he must have purchased from Eastmont Mall in 1975. Al Davis did not raise Mark in the NFL executive culture as Jerry Jones is doing with his sons in Dallas. Mark is an outsider with few friends and has no juice with the majority of the NFL executives. My bet is that like Major League baseball told Lew Wolff, they will vote no on a Raider request to move to Vegas for the good of shield. They will also tell Davis once again to stay in Oakland and make it happen.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/17/2016 at 7:13 AM

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