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Oakland

January 12, 2020, 7am PST
The A’s want to build a new stadium, housing, and office space on waterfront property in Oakland. However, the project would involve massive corporate handouts and threaten the jobs and housing of African-American residents.
The Mercury News
January 6, 2020, 11am PST
The new, privately financed Chase Center arena was designed with San Francisco's tech wealth in mind. It's a handsome addition to the Mission Bay neighborhood but pulls the Bay Area further away from its blue collar roots.
Architect Magazine
December 20, 2019, 5am PST
Two New York Times reporters spent three months in the High Street Camp, a homeless community of 100 people in Oakland, California.
The New York Times
December 19, 2019, 12pm PST
Oakland is looking at the possibility of housing homeless people in unconventional quarters.
East Bay Times
December 18, 2019, 1pm PST
A California cooperative brings together investors to make homeownership more accessible and finance housing projects that help to slow gentrification.
Next City
December 18, 2019, 9am PST
An extremely problematic encounter occurred last week when a black planner was accosted by security while taking photos of bike racks on the street outside of a luxury building.
Curbed San Francisco
December 16, 2019, 11am PST
One person’s return to the San Francisco Bay Area meant facing the dystopian realities of the rental market.
Harper's Magazine
December 3, 2019, 11am PST
The East Bay Regional Park District is planning to daylight Alder Creek in the Oakland Hills. Native fish and other species will benefit.
Bay Area Monitor
November 18, 2019, 11am PST
An ambitious plan to connect the Allegheny County cities of Pittsburgh and Oakland is proceeding to final stages of design, despite having fallen a little behind schedule for an expected 2021 opening date.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 4, 2019, 1pm PST
A summer program incorporated adaptive bikes into the region’s bikeshare network as a first step in making the system accessible to more riders.
Next City
November 1, 2019, 10am PDT
The Golden State's ongoing homelessness crisis has residents on edge and is testing the limits of empathy in a state known for its liberal values.
The New York Times
October 11, 2019, 10am PDT
A bus-only lane on busy Broadway in Oakland, a section of the larger East Bay Bus Rapid Transit project, will get the red painted lane treatment.
The Mercury News
October 7, 2019, 1pm PDT
Advocates argue the array of small dwelling options provide much-needed affordable housing. But, living in these units, many of which are extremely small, isn't the alternative many people would choose.
Fast Company
September 13, 2019, 2pm PDT
Berkeley, California might have a reputation of a very progressive city, but when it comes to cycling, it appears to have little tolerance for cyclists who roll through stop signs. Police are justifying the crackdown on the terms of a state grant.
San Francisco Chronicle
August 20, 2019, 11am PDT
The city of Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco, is the rare California city quickly adding housing units to the urban core. Local businesses are struggling to hang on as construction changes the fabric of the neighborhood.
San Francisco Chronicle
August 14, 2019, 2pm PDT
A feature article revisits the gentrification and displacement discussion, especially as it pertains to racial and economic demographics, in one of the nation's most troubled and challenging housing markets.
The Mercury News
August 13, 2019, 9am PDT
Call it a role reversal: Oakland is building far more apartments and housing units than San Francisco—a reversal of the history of development in the Bay Area.
San Francisco Chronicle
August 5, 2019, 1pm PDT
Most of the aging 350-megawatt Grayson Power Plant, operated by Glendale Water & Power, will be retired by 2021. The city's utility district has struggled with how to repower it. A compromise reached last month ensures low emissions and reliability.
Greentech Media
July 31, 2019, 1pm PDT
The Port Authority of Allegheny County will lead the remainder of a project to deliver major transportation improvements between Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 3, 2019, 8am PDT
While most Bay Area communities are pursuing housing solutions "individually," local planners acknowledge the need for strategies that address the regional as a unified whole.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy