Big Al 
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Re: “Overland Country Bar and World Ground Cafe Shut Their Doors

Oh, no!!!!!!! Starved for years without a country bar and music spot and now after a couple of years it's gone. Sad loss for us country music fans and Oakland. I'll be dead before another one comes to town.

Posted by Big Al on 11/19/2017 at 10:33 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

If cops can get away with activities they would arrest US for, then it's time to make a citizen's arrest of THEM! And that means a trial in court, not an administrative leave or being allowed to resign with no penalty.

Posted by Big Al on 06/14/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Fruitvale the New Hipster Hangout?

Steps to gentrification:
(1) Initial exploration ("great find!")
(2) Spread the word ("man, it's the place to hangout!")
(3) Deny desire to live/work there ("too different"..."don't know anyone there," etc.)
(4) Trickle of "urban pioneers" move in accompanied by a few coffeehouses, boutiques, etc. owned by new residents or "outsiders" ("Gee, you can live in bigger places cheaper and there's even a new coffeehouse serving expresso with a side of tamales")
(5) Area starts "looking familiar" ("It's like living in south campus but...different")
(6) Increasing newcomers displace old-time residents ("This place seems to welcome everyone")
(7) Oakland's newest Temescal ("Oakland's next gourmet ghetto")
From step 1 to 7 may take 10-15 years.

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Posted by Big Al on 03/02/2011 at 3:29 PM

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