Lamp avatar
Click Me Too to show your support for this idea, and we’ll keep you updated on its progress.
Prescott Reavis

19 neighbors want better designed public gathering spaces in Downtown Oakland.

Progress
Safe accessible spaces which allow for relaxation and fellowship with your local neighbors and business people.

Supporters All

Chris Palmatier
Dave Campbell
allison
Krys
Ryan Hunt
Adrienne
Idalia
Rachel Grossman
Erica Brown
Dan
Tom K.
Meli
Andy
joechoj
Ross Nowacki
Kristina
61 views

Location

Downtown Oakland

How can you help?

Lamp avatar
Sign in or sign up to share ideas and take action.
Tom K.

Latham Square is one of the most prominent and architecturally important intersections in the City of Oakland. Despite this prime location, Latham Square is currently dominated by automobile traffic due to the need to serve trips from both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue, and the awkward angle of the intersection.

The Pilot Project builds on Latham Square’s significance by creating an enhanced pedestrian space through a low-cost trial that: enhances the pedestrian environment; increases economic development potential; saves existing trees; improves private automobile and transit operations. Construction on the Pilot Project will began in July 2013, and will last approximately three weeks.

www2.oaklandnet.com/Government...

Share Link
3
Posted Aug 14, 2013
Progress
Chris Palmatier
Chris Palmatier
Aug 15, 2013

really stoked to see this happening. having done some research on the cathedral building (the flatiron which abuts latham square), i noted that this spot was historically a "public gathering space," but has in recent years become just another intersection. pretty awesome to have it back.

Posted by Chris Palmatier on Aug 15, 2013
Chris Palmatier
Chris Palmatier
Aug 16, 2013

turned out to be a very nice event (coffee! sandwiches! brass band!). will post some snapshots to flickr and link the slideshow on this thread.

Posted by Chris Palmatier on Aug 16, 2013
Sign in or sign up to add a reply.
Tom K.

Oakland Planning and Building Director Rachel Flynn told Streetsblog the car-free pilot had been given enough time, and that “there’s only so many people that are going to come into Oakland at this time.”

“If all you’re doing is blocking off the vehicles but not increasing the bikes and pedestrians, are you achieving your goal?” said Flynn. When asked for data on Latham Square’s use, she said, “We don’t know how to measure pedestrian and bicycle activity.”

sf.streetsblog.org/2013/11/01/...

You can reach her here for public comment:

Rachel Flynn
Director of the Planning and Building Department
(510) 238-2229
rflynn@oaklandnet.com

Share Link
1
Posted Nov 1, 2013
Chris Palmatier
Chris Palmatier
Nov 6, 2013

Two items of note regarding this: There's a Neighborland idea re: re-closing Latham to car traffic, here: neighborland.com/ideas/oak-the... and also there's a public records request open to get Flynn's emails on the topic here: records.oaklandnet.com/request...

Posted by Chris Palmatier on Nov 6, 2013
Sign in or sign up to add a reply.
Tom K.

I love the example in the picture. Where is one prominent public space that has the potential to be enhanced?

Share Link
2
Posted Jul 26, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jul 29, 2013

Good call. Here's a shot of this area. f.cl.ly/items/3w2q47080t293n0Z...

Posted by Tom K. on Jul 29, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Aug 14, 2013

Crazy. The *very* area you mentioned is going to become a more pedestrian friendly space (at least for three weeks) ^

Posted by Tom K. on Aug 14, 2013
allison
allison
Aug 15, 2013

I know! I saw it the very next day! I think it is beautiful and essential for growth of downtown. It is awesome to watch Oakland grow and change around me every day.

Posted by allison on Aug 15, 2013
Sign in or sign up to add a reply.