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Readers' Poll Winners: People and Places 

Best Appropriated Public Space
Lake Merritt

Best Charity
Alameda County Community Food Bank

Best College Professor With a Side Career
Michael Pollan

Best Community Garden
Oakland Rose Garden and Emeryville Community Garden (tie)

Best Company to Work For

Best Completely Re-imagined Neighborhood

Best Grassroots Political Movement

Best K-12 Teacher
Russell Wright, Walden School

Best Local Activist
Van Jones

Best Local Idea
Urban Farming,

Sing Thing,

Three Stone Hearth, and

Oaklandish (tie)

Best Local Innovator
Stephen DeAngelo

Best Mixed-Use Building
David Brower Center

Best Motorcycle Club
East Bay Rats

Best Neighborhood

Best New Cause
Save Oakland Libraries

Best Pick-Up Spot
Heart and Dagger Saloon, Bar Three Fifty-Five, The Layover, and Whole Foods (tie)

Best Place to Do Two Things at Once
Lake Merritt

Best Place to Hang Out
Lake Merritt

Best Place to Take the Kids
Children's Fairyland

Best Remixed Religious Service
East Bay Church of Religious Science

Best Remodeled Park
Lake Merritt

Best Subversion of a Traditional Event
Oaktoberfest in the Dimond

Best Under-21 Hangout
924 Gilman

Best YouTube Celebrity
Ashkon Davaran and Kreayshawn (tie)


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