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Dan

"After all, in an era of overwhelming need for urban infrastructure improvements, trees offer cities some of the best bang for their buck. Trees remove carbon dioxide, filter air pollution, and produce oxygen. They absorb rainwater, UV radiation, and noise. They slow down traffic, improve property values, and reduce human stress and mental fatigue. And they provide shade, which means we have to use less energy to cool down."

www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2016...

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What Are Trees Worth to Cities?

Meet the scientist putting a dollar value on America's urban forests.  

www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2016...

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Posted Apr 25, 2016
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East Bay Bike Coalition

Construction of Oakland’s first protected bike lanes are now a reality between downtown and 29th Street, and volunteers are needed to hand out good parking awards to drivers and educate people bicycling about new curbside bike lanes. All help is appreciated, even for partial shifts. Sign up here - bikeeastbay.org/telegraph-signup

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Posted Apr 20, 2016
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Stanford Rosenthal

We need your help to bring healthy food & living-wage jobs to one of the most disenfranchised communities in the U.S. www.kickstarter.com/projects/1...

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Planting Justice Nursery & Aquaponics Farm Incubation Center

An urban food production hub that creates access to living-wage careers and nutritious, affordable food in deep East Oakland.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/1...

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Posted Apr 18, 2016
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Chris Palmatier

i think about this often while rolling on 980 in oakland. thinkprogress.org/economy/2016...

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Top Infrastructure Official Explains How America Used Highways To Destroy Black Neighborhoods

America's top road-builder is trying to force a reckoning over the misuse of infrastructure dollars to displace and dismantle poor-but-cohesive communities throughout the 20th century -- and maybe even repair some of the damage.

thinkprogress.org/economy/2016...

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Posted Apr 17, 2016
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Our City

Here's a recap from NextCity:

"The venue, Frank Ogawa Plaza, isn’t typically known for its welcoming feel. The grass-and-concrete space in front of City Hall is mostly known for its role as a gathering point for Occupy Oakland protestors. Our City co-founder Jake Levitas describes it as “basically the most underutilized space in Oakland, if not the Bay Area, in terms of where it is now and where it could be. There’s a beautiful lawn; nobody ever plays on it.”

But for three days, the plaza was a welcoming place for everyone to play, whether it was with a giant mancala board or a “photo wall” or an evening storytime. Kids who “think they’re going to get pepper-sprayed” at the plaza, according to Boyle, were helping to run the installations.

“That’s huge, that’s big, to see kids feel like they are reclaiming a public space, that they are wanted and that their creativity is prized,” says Boyle."

nextcity.org/daily/entry/oakla...

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Oaklanders Reclaim Public Space at Design Fair

Arts-driven event in front of City Hall fosters civic engagement.

nextcity.org/daily/entry/oakla...

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Posted Apr 6, 2016
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Stanford Rosenthal

There are some great resources here about the long-term vision. Are there smaller steps we can take now?

For example, imagine if we could get the freeway closed for one day? Like Sunday Streets but on a freeway.

Something similar was done in Akron for 500 plates www.500plates.com/ (though it looks like their freeway was already permanently closed).

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Posted Mar 16, 2016
Dan
Dan
Mar 16, 2016

Great idea Stanford ... I will share this with folks in the City and at SPUR Oakland.

Posted by Dan on Mar 16, 2016
Tom K.
Tom K.
Mar 16, 2016

Wow! We need an @ feature for Hunter Franks who organized the effort in Akron and lives in the Bay:

neighborland.com/akron/innerbelt

Posted by Tom K. on Mar 16, 2016
Dan
Dan
Mar 18, 2016

I hear you Tom - in the meantime, you can message Hunter here: neighborland.com/neighbors/hun...

Posted by Dan on Mar 18, 2016
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Stanford Rosenthal

It always bothers me as I pass over this bridge that there is so much unused space, while only one side has a sidewalk and there is no bike lane.

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Posted Mar 10, 2016
Dan
Dan
Mar 10, 2016

Amen to that.

Posted by Dan on Mar 10, 2016
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