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Closing the Books

For a variety of reasons, Oakland schools have been shelving traditional textbooks in favor of other learning tools.

What’s Up With Retail?

Rent, online shopping, regulations, and a higher minimum wage reduce the brick-and-mortar presence.

Feeling the Squeeze

Restaurants face an increasingly tough landscape.

Frying Fish Under the Freeway

After losing his restaurant in a fire, Chef Pat started cooking for a new clientele: Oakland’s homeless population.

Choppy Seas for Boat Dwellers

A small live-aboard community in a picturesque setting in Richmond is facing huge rent hikes, while the harbor’s owners are looking at millions of dollars in upgrades.

Our Backyard: Oakland’s Real Estate Is Red Hot

But not everyone is benefiting.

Taking Their Game Online

After leaving newspapers behind, Tim Kawakami and Marcus Thompson II now helm a subscription-based internet site that’s off to a fast start.

Jon Carroll Checks In

The longtime columnist talks successors, free speech, and Trump.

A Hotel for The Town

Retailer West Elm is teaming up with Signature Development Group to build a new Uptown hotel that celebrates Oakland’s resurgence.

Brad Johnson Turns Iconic Diesel Into East Bay Booksellers

A self-described bookstore evangelistic zealot, an Alamedan convinces booklovers to come together to re-launch an indie bookstore.