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(National Journal)   Hoping to become Brooklyn to San Francisco's Manhattan, Oakland stakes its future on luring thousands of tattooed millennials to live in Old Oakland and improve quality of retail, offers them rent-free storefronts to purvey their wares   (nationaljournal.com) divider line 21
    More: Ironic, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Oakland, late-2000s recession, Kaiser Permanente, shopping district  
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2013-10-13 12:09:42 AM  
OAKLAND THREAD!

/have friends who live there, their neighborhood is actually quite nice
 
2013-10-13 12:11:35 AM  
It's a good idea.  Wasn't Oakland one of the first cities to jump onto the medical marijuana dispensary bandwagon?
 
2013-10-13 12:25:18 AM  
Sounds pretty smart. If I could afford to live in San Francisco, I would go in a heartbeat. But you have to own a house and a parking space, or your life is going to suck. I had to leave the city, park in Oakland, and take the BART back into the city just to see the fireworks (which were obscured by the fog) one 4th of July.

Weird, but I still loved it. I'd even live in Oakland if I could live within walking distance of a BART station.
 
2013-10-13 12:31:57 AM  
www.geeked.infoi.imgur.combitcast-a-sm.bitgravity.com

Even though it's a myth that the cranes inspired the walkers, it's fun to see a city roll with it.
 
2013-10-13 02:47:53 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Sounds pretty smart. If I could afford to live in San Francisco, I would go in a heartbeat. But you have to own a house and a parking space, or your life is going to suck. I had to leave the city, park in Oakland, and take the BART back into the city just to see the fireworks (which were obscured by the fog) one 4th of July.

Weird, but I still loved it. I'd even live in Oakland if I could live within walking distance of a BART station.


Problem with that is that BART stops running at like midnight. Makes it kinda hard to go out for serious drinks in SF unless you have the stamina to keep going until 4am or whenever.
 
2013-10-13 02:56:47 AM  

fusillade762: ecmoRandomNumbers: Sounds pretty smart. If I could afford to live in San Francisco, I would go in a heartbeat. But you have to own a house and a parking space, or your life is going to suck. I had to leave the city, park in Oakland, and take the BART back into the city just to see the fireworks (which were obscured by the fog) one 4th of July.

Weird, but I still loved it. I'd even live in Oakland if I could live within walking distance of a BART station.

Problem with that is that BART stops running at like midnight. Makes it kinda hard to go out for serious drinks in SF unless you have the stamina to keep going until 4am or whenever.


You obviously don't know me. :)
 
2013-10-13 04:25:11 AM  
Weird that downtown Oakland is so empty and boarded up.
 
2013-10-13 07:49:17 AM  
Q: What do you do if you drop your wallet in San Francisco?

A: Kick it to Oakland.

I'll be here all week folks. Try the medical marijuana, it's delicious.
 
2013-10-13 08:24:43 AM  
Weren't Sleepytime Gorilla Museum from there?

/greatly missed
 
2013-10-13 09:25:15 AM  
a town around here tried it. the people selected for the free rent had to be first time business owners. all of them gave up quickly when the businesses weren't instant successes.
 
2013-10-13 11:14:35 AM  

starlost: a town around here tried it. the people selected for the free rent had to be first time business owners. all of them gave up quickly when the businesses weren't instant successes.


The article makes it clear that the ones picked already have successful online businesses, with strong followings. It's not exactly a start-up, or a business incubator, both of which are for new enterprises. It's more like having an Amazon outlet at the mall. They've hedged their bets because the businesses which will be 'incubated' and 'helped' are already successful. Under those conditions, the landlords can't lose.
 
2013-10-13 11:52:17 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Weren't Sleepytime Gorilla Museum from there?

/greatly missed


Yes. I shared studio space with them. Oakland is great. I live in Monterey now, and Oakland is on a very short list of places I would move to.
 
2013-10-13 12:43:44 PM  
Where's the wailing about "gentrification" that customarily accompanies stories about rejuvenation of a blighted area?
 
2013-10-13 12:51:05 PM  

starlost: a town around here tried it. the people selected for the free rent had to be first time business owners. all of them gave up quickly when the businesses weren't instant successes.




First time business owners? LOL!
 
2013-10-13 01:03:18 PM  

jjorsett: Where's the wailing about "gentrification" that customarily accompanies stories about rejuvenation of a blighted area?


Wait two years. There will be a plethora of articles stating that everyone in Oakland is unhappy about the increase of property values/taxes in Oakland and artists having to move.
 
2013-10-13 01:05:23 PM  
Born and raised in Oakland. Only city in CA with professional baseball, basketball, and football teams. ..for now. Oh, and a recent study found (can't remember who conducted it at the moment) that Oakland has the best weather of any city in the U.S.

Oakland pride!
 
2013-10-13 02:24:08 PM  

8 inches: Born and raised in Oakland. Only city in CA with professional baseball, basketball, and football teams.


Not sure the Raiders qualify as a professional football team.
 
2013-10-13 02:56:00 PM  
I lived in Oakland for a few years. Part of what made it great was the proximity to other nearby towns like Berkely and SF.

I lived on 18th and market which at the time was not a safe area. But the local dealers just left me alone once they knew I lived there and didnt want crack.
 
2013-10-13 04:05:36 PM  

lilplatinum: 8 inches: Born and raised in Oakland. Only city in CA with professional baseball, basketball, and football teams.

Not sure the Raiders qualify as a professional football team.


The Raiders treat Oakland like sh... a rag. They're the abusive boyfriends of professional sports.


The Raiders would jump to Los Angeles if asked but LA (and the ownership group) won't take their crap.
Plus the Warrior are moving across the bay.
The A's want to move to San Jose.

But yeah 36 years ago it was a city with championships in three sports.

/Still I love the East Bay
 
2013-10-13 09:38:52 PM  

lilplatinum: 8 inches: Born and raised in Oakland. Only city in CA with professional baseball, basketball, and football teams.

Not sure the Raiders qualify as a professional football team.


Nor the A's as professional baseball.
 
2013-10-13 10:29:06 PM  
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