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Mike Linksvayer

39 neighbors want to remove highway 980, which segregates W Oakland and downtown between 580 and 880 in Oakland.

980 is the lowest traffic segment of urban freeway in Oakland, and the most valuable land (whether from a community or commercial perspective) taken up by a freeway. Reunite historic West and downtown Oakland, recover about 29 core city blocks!

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Castro St & 18th St Oakland, CA 94612

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Dan

Another option is to "cap" the 980 as described here by Field Operations in their Resilient Bay Area strategy - neighborland.com/resilientbay/...

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The Field Operations Team

The Field Operations Team's proposal for Oakland and Alameda involves thoughtful planning for connecting neighborhoods, for new housing and development, transit and infrastructure, and for vibrant public spaces and waterfronts for people to engage with and experience the Bay

neighborland.com/resilientbay/...

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Posted Nov 21, 2017
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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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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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Dan
Dan
Jan 19, 2016

Reenvisioning I-980
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:30pm
SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway

Interstate 980 acts as a physical barrier between downtown and West Oakland, though it was originally constructed to access a never-built second bridge across the Bay. Decades later, designers and planners are reimagining the future of the freeway, and proposals include converting it into a surface boulevard and using the space for a second transbay rail crossing. Join us for a discussion of these and other proposals.

+ Matt Nichols / City of Oakland Mayor’s Office
+ Greg Riessen / SFMTA
+ Chris Sensenig / Connect Oakland

www.spur.org/events/2016-01-21...

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Dan

Good to see this idea gaining traction in City Hall -

www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/ar...

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Oakland moving in right direction with idea to replace I-980

The rebirth of the Embarcadero and Hayes Valley in San Francisco shows how a city and its neighborhoods can flourish after the removal of intrusive, invasive freeways. With imaginative engineering and design, it could be replaced by a boulevard lined with housing at all price levels, reknitting the urban landscape. None of this will happen...

www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/ar...

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Posted Nov 15, 2015
andrew danish
andrew danish
Nov 15, 2015

I first heard about this concept at the SPUR meetings earlier this month. Very interesting idea for an underused and dividing freeway such as 980 that never needed to be built.

Posted by andrew danish on Nov 15, 2015
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Andrew J Faulkner

If you're interested in rethinking I-980, you should check out ConnectOakland. ConnectOakland is a citizens group advocating the removal of I-980 and its replacement with a boulevard over a combined BART/rail tunnel that could connect to a new transbay tube. www.connectoakland.org/

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ConnectOakland

A Vision to reconnect neighborhoods and to connect cities

www.connectoakland.org/

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Posted Aug 5, 2015
Dan
Dan
Aug 5, 2015

Thank you!

Posted by Dan on Aug 5, 2015
Tom K.
Tom K.
Aug 7, 2015

Oakland's freeways really create awkward social and economic boundaries. It'd be great to see them all removed and replaced with parkways.

Posted by Tom K. on Aug 7, 2015
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Jon Axtell

Another more temporary idea also related to the freeway:
neighborland.com/ideas/oak-mcc...

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Support community art and music to happen regularly on the overpasses between West Oakland and downtown in McClymonds, Oakland

What if the city supported activities happening on the bridges between downtown and West Oakland?I think it could be done in a way that all could enjoy.  I find the overpasses to be barren and sometimes unsafe. It would be great to see people congregating more regularly there.West Oakland is a mecca for informal community, art, and music - this...

neighborland.com/ideas/oak-mcc...

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Posted Mar 11, 2015
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Community Sovereignty

Mayor Libby Schaaf has expressed support for the removal of Highway 980:
twitter.com/BayAreaCouncil/sta...

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Posted Jan 31, 2015
Stan
Stan
Jan 31, 2015

Finally! A person in a position to take action on this no brainer to greatly increase the quality of life in that area while increasing the tax base.

Posted by Stan on Jan 31, 2015
Dan
Dan
Jan 31, 2015

Wow - that's fantastic.

Posted by Dan on Jan 31, 2015
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joechoj

Here's a sidespin on the subject: route a new transbay BART line through the corridor.
Might as well link these conversations:
vibrantbayarea.org/2013/12/tea...

Repair urban fabric, add taxable real estate to Oakland, do away with excess freeway (space AND maintenance costs), add resilience & capacity to Bay Area transit, connect Alameda.
I've seen suggestions for other alignments (links at bottom), but the above is food for thought on the 980 conversation.
@ Mike L, I assume you've seen it, since you were cited...

Others:
Mandela alignment: www.thetransportpolitic.com/20...
Capitol Corridor: wilshirevermont.files.wordpres...

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Tear down 980 to transform Oakland's geography

As a practicing urban designer, I’m not that different than any other person in the Bay Area in that I constantly think about how to improve my surroundings. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, ...

vibrantbayarea.org/2013/12/tea...

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Posted Mar 24, 2014
Mike Linksvayer
Mike Linksvayer
Mar 25, 2014

Yep, I saw the first link, but not the second two, thanks! I don't have any detailed thoughts on any of the proposed new BART lines, but more BART in the core urban area is the obviously right thing (cf. extending the lines further into the suburbs) and I love the idea of freeway teardown + heavy rail buildup in one swoop.

Posted by Mike Linksvayer on Mar 25, 2014
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Joe

Any progress since June on this topic? As someone who lives adjacent to the 980 I'd like to make it a reality and have the freeway removed. I've spoken with CalTrans on a number of occasions regarding excess land and trash clean-up but never proposed removal of the 980. Any idea of who best to approach with this idea? City or state representatives?

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Posted Oct 7, 2013
Mike Linksvayer
Mike Linksvayer
Oct 7, 2013

Not that I know of. In SF new discusssion www.spur.org/publications/libr... (280)...more needed here. I don't know if there's a single best person to contact. Probably needs to be a core of activists first. Anyone think a F2F meeting to explore/kickoff idea would be a good idea/interested?

Posted by Mike Linksvayer on Oct 7, 2013
Lola Themola
Lola Themola
Jun 6, 2017

Joe, here in NO. CAL we don't use the article before freeway names. So, please, just say "As someone who lives adjacent to 980..." not "...the 980..." Otherwise, you sound as if you come for SO. CAL, and we wouldn't want that, would we? ;)

Posted by Lola Themola on Jun 6, 2017
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