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Can We Solve the Housing Crisis?

Oakland’s core is on the verge of a makeover, heightening fears about rising housing costs and gentrification in a city celebrated for its racial and ethnic diversity. Where will the new workers live in an area so short on housing?
March 08, 2016

Has Measure A Outlived Its Usefulness?

Created to preserve the small-town patina of a city, Measure A put an end to multifamily housing. City leaders have found a way around the archaic restriction, but reforming the impetus for the housing crises doesn’t look imminent.
March 08, 2016

Tipping’s Days May Be Numbered

Oakland’s minimum wage hike prompted more area restaurants to eliminate tipping. Is this the beginning of the end?
March 04, 2016

Has Oakland Reached Restaurant Overload

The answer depends on rent, jobs, more residents, and a host of other factors.
March 03, 2016

Can Fees on Market-Rate Housing Subsidize Affordability in Oakland?

Mayor Libby Schaaf’s housing task forces considers a levy on market-rate housing, but developers warn about discouraging much-needed construction.
January 01, 2016

Housing and Retail Transform a Corner

Oakland's lone construction crane signals a major change for an ugly and long underutilized corner connecting major thoroughfares.
December 16, 2015

The Hive Is Buzzing

Signature’s new development in Uptown has re-envisioned urban living, marrying indie businesses, apartment living, and public hangouts. Is it a sign of things to come?
November 13, 2015

Kaiser Auditorium Renovation Underway

Emeryville’s Orton Development gets the go-ahead to mastermind the revival of the 101-year-old venue that’s been dormant for a decade.
September 26, 2015

The Kapor Commitment to Leveling the Tech Playing Field

Freada Kapor Klein and Mitchell Kapor signal a welcome movement in the VC focus, namely opportunity for the underserved.
September 23, 2015

It’s Not Just the Earthquake; It’s the Inferno

Most area cities remain woefully unprepared for the profusion of fires expected to break out in the wake of the Big One
September 05, 2015