Mitchell Halberstadt 
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Re: “Eating Chinatown: A Walkable Guide to Oakland's Most Delicious Neighborhood

Good going, Luke! It's also worth pointing out that there's good food in Chinatown after midnight -- especially at New Gold Medal and Shooting Star.

And has anyone else noticed (once beyond the stink) how similar durian tastes to marzipan??? Talk about East/West fusion!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 03/31/2017 at 12:00 AM

Re: “Don’t Call It a Goodbye

Your reviews have always been spot-on, and your net widely cast. You'll be missed! Best of luck in all your future endeavors!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 03/30/2017 at 11:33 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

"Too bad about the religious beliefs"? Next, we'll be hearing the over-used (and much abused) word "hate."

I'm gay, and I'll enjoy the food, even if I can't get married in Rev. Chew's church. I won't resent his beliefs about human sexuality if he won't resent mine.

Would he refuse to serve me if I came in with a boyfriend? If so, he has a problem -- but I somehow doubt that would be the case.

Live and let live.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 03/11/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

What sweet irony! If this review is any indication, Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi could take a lesson from Mr. Chew!

This place has evidently succeeded at everything Locol (for all its pretension) claims it's trying to do -- with a vegan angle to boot -- in a neighborhood where it matters.

Talk about poetic (and social) justice!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 03/10/2017 at 9:39 PM

Re: “For MLK Holiday, Activists Tear Down Fence and Take Over Oakland's St. Andrew's Plaza in the Name of 'Black Joy'

Great comment by Carol Wyatt, which only confirms what I noted in my earlier comments here: the (missing) heart of the story is the status of the City's renovation plan for the park, and the need for continuing community involvement (which shut it down in the first place) -- NOT the (unchallenged) ideology of a clique of self-appointed arbiters of "Black Joy."

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 01/17/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “For MLK Holiday, Activists Tear Down Fence and Take Over Oakland's St. Andrew's Plaza in the Name of 'Black Joy'

The article also mentions plans for the park's "renovation, using a $456,000 grant, [that ostensibly] would transform the area into a welcoming space for all," but fails to discuss the current status of those plans. Isn't that the heart of the story -- even if a clique of self-appointed arbiters of "Black Joy" meanwhile have a plan of their own that they seek to impose on the neighborhood instead?

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 01/16/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “For MLK Holiday, Activists Tear Down Fence and Take Over Oakland's St. Andrew's Plaza in the Name of 'Black Joy'

If, indeed, "a group of neighbors had complained for years that the sliver of land was a magnet for illegal drug use and crime," why weren't any of them interviewed for this story? For that matter, those neighbors were evidently there for years: were all of them white? As neighbors (not to mention other passers-by) did they find that park intimidating?

A power play is a power play -- a battle for control (with conflicting cultural norms being weaponized by both sides). "Displacement" cuts both ways.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 01/16/2017 at 8:26 PM

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