Vincent Blafard 
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Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

Too bad southern Thai food isn't being served in the flats and at a more reasonable price.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 02/01/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

@Dan De'Ata, UBER hasn't done anything to bring downtown Oakland back to life. Maybe you haven't noticed that their building hasn't even opened yet? Kinda hard to revitalize if you're not even present and when they do open they will most likely dodge taxes like they do everywhere else. Some revitalization!
Downtown Oakland has seen great things happen because of the arts, artists, and galleries. Then guess what happened? They're being pushed out to make way for tech companies and the high end restaurants that cater to their employees. The New Oakland completely disregards all the intrepid artists and working and middle class people who've been here for decades. And calling people "knucklehead" for disagreeing with your views? Pure genius.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 02/01/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Oakland, Developers Look to Convert SRO Housing into Boutique Hotels

Great...more people out on the streets. SRO residents are vulnerable and all commenters like Julian Urmson and Dee Turner can think of is all the $$ that will supposedly come flooding in...to developers pockets and landlords. They are the same type of people who will then complain about homelessness. We are entering the Gilded Age, Part 2 and it's ugly.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 05/21/2016 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Study: Oakland's Housing Affordability Crisis Is the Worst Among Major US Cities

OK...so who's going to teach your children, make your food and pour your coffee in the restaurants you frequent? Who will sell you your food, repair your car, install your cable, fix your sink, clean your house? Shall I go on? Because blue collar and labor jobs are low paying does that automatically disqualify people from living their lives in Oakland? Who is talking about hand-outs? Please...we're talking about curtailing out of control market rate housing in order for people to be able to afford living here and contributing to the culture of this community.

Robert and Joe, your attitudes are ugly and myopic. Put down the Ayn Rand and turn off the right wing news. Obviously you are both "rugged individuals" that see themselves above the "riff-raff" that, by your accounts, need to be shunted off to the side to make way for special people like yourselves. Sounds like Hell to me.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/09/2015 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Highbrow and Lowbrow at the Starline Social Club

$28 for half of a chicken?
LOL

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/18/2015 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Downtown Oakland's Emerging Art Scene Is Thriving

Yes, this entire neighborhood will "blow up" in the next few years, and it'll be surprising if the galleries and bookstores that made the area so great will survive. Developers, realtors, and landlords don't give a crap about art or books. Only $$$. And the fact that most Oaklanders are in the service industry and make about $9/hr doesn't translate into art buying, which is, face it, a luxury. As a "middle-aged, not-emerging" and financially-strapped artist who lives within two-three blocks of these galleries and bookstores I am overjoyed to see this flowering of DIY culture happening. Art Murmur stopped being about the art several years ago and the galleries there are almost all commercial (won't be showing the majority of work being made in the East Bay). Thankfully most of these storefronts aren't zoned for eateries, otherwise 15th St would turn into another Gourmet Ghetto/Uptown swank. We all know artists are the "antennae of the race," doing all the dirty work before the developers move in. I wish all these gallerists and bookstore owners the best of luck. I will do what I can to support them.

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Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/26/2014 at 2:49 PM

Re: “It’s Time to Close the American Indian Public Charter Schools

Keep the school, dump the miscreants.

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Posted by Vincent Blafard on 06/20/2012 at 3:03 PM

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