Jeremy Schmitz lives on High Street, a narrow two-lane thoroughfare that is one of Alameda’s few exit points to the rest of the East Bay. During most weekday mornings, the two-lane street is racked with traffic that is often exacerbated by the new symbol of corporate reach and socio-economic unrest-the Google bus.
Ethnic and cultural diversity prevail in Oakland. Take the Fruitvale and Dimond districts, where hip apparel store Oaklandish recently opened next to an old-fashioned butcher shop that’s been there for decades. In the same vicinity, an authentic Filipino restaurant operates near a grocery store that sells almost exclusively imported Mexican goods. That’s Oakland.
In April, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved $8.7 million to expand Bay Area Bike Share to the East Bay in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville. But bike-loving Alameda was left out. Should we be mad?