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Smoke Berkeley is really good. My favorite is the pulled pork sandwich with spicy vinagre sauce, with corn bread. And the pies are dreamy!
I guess Apple shouldn't make smartphones either because they are culturally an Illinois, Espoo and Seoul thing
Bike East Bay has talked with the developer of this project and we support more infill projects Like this one that bring needed housing to Oakland. We also support the level of bike parking provided in the project and appreciate the project's support of safe and attractive bicycling options in Chinatown. That said, we are still waiting to hear more about the measures the project will include to promote alternative transportation and how local schools will be accommodated before lending our full support.
Bike East Bay
Public Works Committee unanimously approved yesterday the Grand Ave project as proposed by staff: 1) regular pull-in angled parking, and 2) stopping the project at Mandana, rather than continuing to Lake Park Ave. While this approval is a step forward for a safer Grand Ave, the city of Oakland could have been much bolder. But there is reluctance and hesitancy in staff when they are not familiar with design ideas coming from other innovative cities. We are hopeful that a new Department of Transportation will reorient hard working staff to be more creative and responsive to the needs of all Oakland residents.
Board Member, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland
$10 million down the drain--and the amount of money Oakland will be poorer when the City goes to voters in the future and asks for more money, and that's just from one project. We could invest $10 million from the 1800 San Pablo Ave project in its new car parking or better schools, parks, roads, police, you name it. Mandated parking costs may be passed on to developers who pass them on to tennants, who pass them on to all of us by saying no at the ballot box to new taxes for needed improvements.
In addition to unneeded parking spaces driving up housing costs, more parking also significantly limits the ability of cities like Oakland to later ask residents to support additional revenue for needed city services and maintenance, which Oakland residents recently said in a public opinion poll they would consider supporting. By comparison, Berkeley is building car-free and reduced-parking projects. When Berkeley goes to voters to ask for additional revenue to maintain and upgrade city facilities, residents there are going to be better able to say yes, for not having paid $20,000 or more for a parking space, used or not. Oakland will find this ask more challenging, with millions sunk into concrete parking structures. The point being that poorly planning parking projects have a lasting effect.
Park Blvd is undergoing feasibility study to remove a travel lane for a bike lane and MLK Jr Way was an oversight in Public Works Department to not include the bike lane in the street's recent repaving. You are correct, there is not need for four lanes on this one.
Bike East Bay
UC Berkeley Design Studio CP218 Fall 2104 just took a close look at shopping and travel patterns in Temescal and MacArthur BART areas and learned that more people arrive to this area by transit, walking and bicycling than merchants perceive, but also that they spend way more money when shopping. It's no surprise! Similar studies from around the US show with clarity that people shop, not cars
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