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Detroit As An Oakland Doppelganger

If you tell someone you’re visiting Detroit, they’ll probably ask you why. In fact, its reputation as a hellhole is completely undeserved. It’s a city on the cusp of rebirth as a vital center of local arts, culture, and business—much like Oakland, but a lot cheaper. OK, and with snow.
October 02, 2014

Best Doctors in the East Bay

Our annual directory of the best doctors in the East Bay features 249 physicians in 60 specialties.
October 02, 2014

How West Alameda Acquired Its Character

Consider this: In 1870, Webster Street was just a line on a map (and called Euclid Street, then—it would not even be named Webster for another five years), while Park Street was paved, lined with gas lights, and about to build an opera house, which would join its complement of a three-story hotel, general store, public hall, and a well-trafficked train depot. It was “the smartest place in town;” it was “thoroughly modern.”
October 02, 2014

Alameda Health System Changes the Landscape

The hospital landscape in Alameda County looks very different these days.
October 02, 2014

Standing Desks Ease Some Back Pain

Berkeley graphic designer Jessica Greenwalt, 28, was worried about mounting pains in her wrist and shoulder from hunching over a tablet all day. When she heard about standing desks, she thought she might have found a solution. To start, she created a makeshift standing desk; in June, she switched to a convertible standing and sitting desk. She noticed that standing made her more alert at work, but also helped diminish her pain and stave off early warning signs of carpal tunnel syndrome.
October 02, 2014

The Trouble With Mercury Fillings

If you’ve ever had a dental filling, chances are you’ve got some mercury in your mouth. Those so-called silver fillings are a mixture of liquid elemental mercury and powdered silver, tin, copper, and other trace metals that hardens into a solid material that dentists have considered an excellent solution for cavities for more than a century. But concern has been growing as to the safety of these fillings, with some experts citing dental mercury’s dangers, especially to the kidneys and the nervous system.
October 02, 2014

Carmel Valley Roots and Attractions

Carmel Valley showcases some of the best of Monterey County—sans coastline, fog, and crowds—all in a 15-mile stretch of country road a few hours’ drive from Oakland. It’ll remind you of Northern California’s cowboy roots, but it’s also home to refined dining and wine tasting.
October 02, 2014

The Trouble With Mercury Fillings

If you’ve ever had a dental filling, chances are you’ve got some mercury in your mouth. Those so-called silver fillings are a mixture of liquid elemental mercury and powdered silver, tin, copper, and other trace metals that hardens into a solid material that dentists have considered an excellent solution for cavities for more than a century. But concern has been growing as to the safety of these fillings, with some experts citing dental mercury’s dangers, especially to the kidneys and the nervous system.
October 01, 2014

Tempted by Taipei

Imagine steamy hot springs surrounded by luxurious spas, stunning mountain scenery, opulent temples, and exotic dining. Add eye-popping skyscrapers and trendy art in unlikely spaces. Mykonos? Shikoku? No: Taipei.
September 04, 2014

Healdsburg Is Wine Country In Miniature

The Wine Country’s dirty little secret is that it revolves around two incompatible activities: drinking and driving.In Sonoma County’s rural tasting rooms, the vino flows freely, and the collective blood-alcohol level soars, yet to travel between vineyards necessarily means automobile + inebriation = uh oh.
September 04, 2014