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Re: “Blunders on Broadway

Bravo to Karen!

I admire her hard work and dedication to bringing fun community centric events to our hood!

I really don't get the criticism, there are always going to be hiccups in a new venture and I see the positives far outweighing the negatives. Can we please celebrate the positives.

Honestly I would not attend the event if it were at JLS or at City Hall. I love the fact that my family and I can walk to this event.

Oakland Tech is public property and finding uses for the property seems like a no brainer. Sure it's muddy but that doesn't seem to stop the crowds. I also wholeheartedly agree with Hester that finding underutilized spaces or deserts as you call them is a great way for people to discover new parts of their neighborhood. I think the lawn at Studio One is going to be a great alternative.

As Hester claims this is about celebrating our little community of North Oakland. I amazed and proud that Temescal has this kind of event and others like the street fair, the movie night and the farmer's market. I may be wrong but I have not heard that Hester is trying to make a city wide event. Great if many come from far and wide but I don't think that is the point.

Also I like the fact that this was more of a guerrilla type event, work with the city? It is a minor miracle that food trucks can even operate on public property. Why would we want the bureaucracy to ruin it?

Does Birdsall know how difficult it is to get through the permitting process and bureaucracy of city and county agencies to open a restaurant? I am sure every food establishment in our neighborhood has a tale of woe. We should be rejoicing that this is happening at all.

Without people like Hester I think our neighborhood would not be as special as it is so please lets encourage her and others to keep up the good work!

ps. I could care less how they do things in N. Berkeley, this is Temescal ;)

-Patrick Perez

Posted by patrickp on 07/15/2011 at 11:46 AM

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