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Freedom in Uptown

Happy 4th?
We have the…

  • freedom to be taxed more than “socialist” EU countries, for less benefits
  • freedom to be fleeced by our government to pay corporate robber barons who are “too big to fail” (TBTF) — aka freedom-from-failure
  • freedom to avoid nasty chemicals in everything we use and eat and drink

Color me half empty!

I was happy today though to see a man and his two dogs freely using public property.

The empty Uptown lot, for a span of 15 minutes or so, became a dog run for someone’s two manicured poochies.

And I loved it. Finally, someone is using the empty Uptown lot!

Taggers are also busy making their mark on the -inside- of the green “temporary” wall.

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Today’s RDA/CCEDC Meeting (2pm) re Uptown empty lot

Make sure to review these papers before calling the committee members to give your views on a parking lot vs alternatives in the empty Uptown lot.

Agenda
http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/meetings/2009/4/5689_A__Concurrent_Meeting_of_the_Redevelopment_Agency_and_Council_Community___Economic_09-04-28_Meeting_Agenda.pdf

Legislative Background (context: present/future claims on the space)
http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/attachments/21585.pdf

CEDA Recommendation (pro parking lot)
http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/attachments/21702.pdf

And as much as I’d love to see one there, unless people are willing and able to pay for it, we should not be promoting more park space. Even as much sense as it makes to us. Context is important: the city can’t afford to maintain its current parks, not to mention build/maintain a new one.

Bring your good ideas and push for alternative uses! Thanks.