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No There There: Race, Class, and Political Community in Oakland.by Chris Rhomberg.
Challenged by Ku Klux Klan action in the ’20s, labor protests culminating in a general strike in the ’40s, and the rise of the civil rights and black power struggles of the ’60s, Oakland, California, seems to encapsulate in one city the broad and varied sweep of urban social movements in twentieth-century America. Taking Oakland as a case study of urban politics and society in the United States, Chris Rhomberg examines the city’s successive episodes of popular insurgency for what they can tell us about critical discontinuities in the American experience of urban political community.
buy on amazon.
found at the PSU urban center library. added to my reading list.
» California by Bike — Summit this week in Oakland (nov. 7-10)

Oakland Welcomes You!

Oakland and its surrounding neighborhoods have achieved a 4.0% bike commute mode share, ranking it 2nd only to Portland as the most bike-popular metro area in the US.

It started in 1994 when Oakland launched the 1st Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area, which has grown into a region-wide event. Oakland’s popularity for bicycling has been helped by having the most bike-friendly transit service in the country — Bay Area Rapid Transit — which can also take you across the bay to San Francisco in just ten minutes!

Nowhere is bicycling better showcased than on Oakland’s First Fridays when its Uptown Arts District comes alive with bikes. And of course no protest in Oakland is complete without a sea of cyclists swarming in Frank Ogawa Plaza. 

Oakland kicked off this year by celebrating the demolition of a freeway at the foot of Lake Merritt, replaced by a new bike/ped path, which you’ll get to ride around. In the coming years, the ‘Town’ is bringing many new, modern bikeways to its busy bike corridors and getting City leaders on board with a NACTO Road Show next Spring. Come enjoy the sunny side of the bay.

—David Campbell. Advocacy Director of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition

calbike summit. schedule, speakers.

i hate when all these great events happen in town when i’m not there :[

» Take Action: Tell the Governor to sign AB 1371—the 3ft passing bill

photo by geekstinkbreath.

AB 1371 will require car drivers to give bicyclists at least three feet of clearance when overtaking them in the same lane. Twenty-one other states have enacted minimum passing distances as a way to protect bicyclists. Enacting AB 1371 will save lives in California; 40% of all bicyclists killed in vehicle collisions are killed by drivers passing them from behind.

By giving California drivers more clear guidance on how to pass bicyclists safely, AB 1371 will make our streets and roads safer and thus help more would-be bicyclists choose to ride a bike as everyday transportation.

send an email to gov. jerry brown here to urge him to make streets safer!

if i stayed in san diego, i might’ve gotten around to tackling these hills/mountains..
but there are hills and mountains where i’m at and going to. all with grand views as well.
yours, truly
on the beautiful last stretch into santa cruz, 24.07.13.
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