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Oakland and Berkeley are the best places to live in the US. There’s culture, and the weather’s great. All other places have aspects of American culture that I don’t like, or crappy weather.

bf on choosing where to live in america.

(ex. Portland is really bike-friendly and has excellent bike/beer/coffee/etc. scenes, but rains too often. Tampa has great weather, but is too auto-dominated/bike-unfriendly and the type of people there are generally not his type. **also near SF but don’t need to live in the cold fog!)

east bay bike party last night: berkeley—richmond. 14.03.14.
**see? ppl stop at red lights!
» Oakland Mayor Quan unveiling her own 10,000-resident plan

"Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Wednesday that she wants to attract 10,000 new residents to the city and build some 7,500 housing units to capitalize on the region’s hot housing market. 

Previewing her Thursday evening State of the City speech, Quan said she will announce her 10K Two plan, a proposal similar to former Mayor Jerry Brown's successful and popular 10K blueprint that brought 10,000 residents to Uptown and downtown Oakland.

The 10,000 residents who arrived under Brown’s plan are often credited with fueling the city’s restaurant and bar boom. Now Quan said it is her turn to attract another 10,000 residents.

"Jerry’s 10K was mostly focused in (Uptown and downtown)," Quan said. "We’re all over the city. The funding will also be along the transit corridors."

Quan, who is facing a tough re-election battle this year, said the city has to act quickly to encourage investment and approve construction projects while young families and singles are still fleeing San Francisco and other expensive areas for the comparatively low rents of Oakland.”

"Many longtime Oakland residents are worried that city officials might be so eager to attract new, wealthy residents that the community will lose its diverse, gritty character and become a playground for the rich and young, a complaint often voiced about San Francisco.

Fruitvale residents are already feeling the squeeze of high rents and housing prices, Najera said. Oakland saw rents and home costs rise faster than many other cities in the country last year.

Most landlords can now comfortably demand a high credit score and annual wages three times the rent and still find plenty of tenants.

"It is getting harder and harder every day for regular Oaklanders to be able to rent," Najera said, adding that many longtime residents are moving to Richmond, Stockton and other areas, often far-flung."

sfgate, 06.03.14.

increasing supply of market rate housing should keep lower-priced housing costs low, theoretically…

» AC Transit - Transbay Bicycle Survey

"AC Transit is also looking for ways to improve bike access on their transbay lines, including secure bike parking at key locations as well as providing opportunities to bring your bike with you.

However, to understand what improvements are needed and where they need to hear from you! Please take a moment to fill out the short survey online here, letting them know how you currently use AC Transit as well as what changes you would like to see.”

The San Francisco Yay Area. by <urbane/>
via sfweekly, 25.02.14.
» Show us your bike style!

Are you a spandex-clad weekend warrior cycling the Marin Headlands? Are you pedaling the Wiggle on your way to your SoMa job? Are you a tweedy hipster carrying a French bulldog in your commuter bike basket? A parent schlepping kids and groceries?

None of the above? Even better!

The Chronicle’s Sunday Style section wants to tell the story of how you bike in the city and beyond, and we want to photograph you for an upcoming issue.

All in? Great.

The Chronicle is holding open-call photo sessions at our downtown building:

Who: Yourself, and your bike. (Invite your friends!)

When: Friday, Feb. 21 (4-6 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 22 (10-1 p.m.)

Where: The Chronicle photo studio, behind 901 Mission Street building and near the Tempest Bar. Enter through Fifth Street parking lot (near Minna Alley).

Why: Your image might be published on SFGate and in an upcoming Style section.

Stop by, or better yet, make an appointment. Contact Style Editor Laura Compton at

» 5 urban planning challenges for downtown Oakland

Frank Ogawa Plaza aka Oscar Grant Plaza in Downtown Oakland

Citing Broadway Auto Row, which was redesigned 15 years ago and is about to undergo another facelift, Pattillo noted, “The city makes an investment in a public improvement, but they don’t maintain it. Within very short order, shockingly short order, they have to rip it out and do it again.”


…Taecker also stressed the need to build diversity into downtown housing development. “I think that’s a necessary corollary to building more housing downtown: it needs to be housing for all kinds of people. That’s what will give it vitality. It’s also what puts in place various stakeholders who will advocate for the downtown and for nicer urban environments downtown,” he said. “The upper-income housing can actually be the vehicle for building more low-income housing.”

“Oakland is still in a position where the powers that be remember an Oakland that was really struggling in the 70s and 80s, when we saw all that disinvestment in Oakland,” said Joel Ramos, regional planning director for TransForm. He noted that Oakland had tried and failed six years ago to pass an inclusionary housing ordinance that would have levied a fee on developers of market rate units to help fund affordable housing. “There was this concern that Oakland needs to do whatever it can to attract investment.”

oaklandlocal, 11.02.14.

February is here and love is in the air, bike love that is. Cupid’s Arrow has landed on Richmond this month and trust us you will LOVE this route. Come celebrate Valentines day with a very special Bike Party next Friday the 14th at 7:30 PM at Richmond BART. It’s going to be cooooold so bring lots of layers and maybe someone to snuggle with. We are going to party rain or shine so depending on how the weather shapes up you may want to be ready for some less than ideal conditions.
♥ Stay Right♥ Stop At Lights♥ Ride Straight♥ Don’t Hate♥ Pack Your Trash♥ Don’t Get Smashed
East Bay Bike Party: friday, 14.02.14. meet 7.30pm @richmond BART.
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