When Abel Abyu and his mother moved the family business, the Abyssinia Market, from its Temescal location in early 2014, he was nervous. The two had a sound business. They sold so much injera bread, they found it difficult to keep up with demand. However, climbing rents for commercial space priced them out of the … Continue reading Uber expansion signals change in Uptown
Five consecutive days of demonstrations and marches to oppose the election of Donald Trump to the office of president were bookended Sunday, Nov. 12, by a peaceful protest at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Where previous anti-Trump actions had taken on a more confrontational character, the Lake Merritt gathering was marked by hand-holding and song. Attendees … Continue reading Thousands gather at Lake Merritt in protest of Donald Trump
When the Parkway Theater in Oakland closed in the spring of 2009, the town lost something of an institution. The theater had operated on and off since its construction on Park Blvd. in 1926, and had become something of a haven patrons seeking alternative cinema fare since its rebirth in 1996 after a six-year closure. … Continue reading (Re)Creating community at the New Parkway
As indicated by its malleable boundaries, the Uptown neighborhood of Oakland, Calif., is one charactarized by flux. Though some would argue that the its borders should be decidedly more narrow and shift them northward, Uptown, according to Oakland's Redevelopment Successor Agency, extends from 14th St. in the south, to 27th St. in the north. In … Continue reading Uptown: A neighborhood in transition
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously and without objection passed on first reading an ordinance banning travel to and contracts with business in states which the board says have passed anti-LGBT legislation. The ban would affect both the city of San Francisco itself and its employees. Last March, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee ordered … Continue reading San Francisco bans public business with anti-LGBT states an municipalities
If the Tower of Power at Rudy's Can't Fail Café is wrong, I don't want to be right. Wait, let me back up. No, a song written by legendary punk band The Clash did not, in fact, open up eateries in Emeryville and Oakland. Rather, Mike Pritchard, better known as Mike Dirnt of Berkeley's own Green Day, and a group of other investors did.