It's Paul Heckbert Week in the local media! Good job!!
On the Saturday afternoon of the event, I was surprised by the fact that you could hear very offensive rapping all up and down the Valley (e.g., some lame WuTang tribute crew ended its set by shouting "word, m--f--'er" over and over and over. After about the 7th repetition I stopped laughing and just felt sad.) I'm sure the good folks of Rankin, Swissvale and Homestead were thrilled to be exposed to so much music/noise.
Clear-eyed analysis beats blind Chamber-of-Commerce cheerleading every time. And let's not forget all of the Hill District connections to Uptown (the Fifth/Forbes corridor). Knitting together those two neighborhoods would be a boost to both Oakland and Downtown.
I thought the planing department smoothed out rough boards.
Saw Chris Potter having lunch with his wife at Conflict Kitchen. They openly carried their food containers to a sidewalk table. Other than that, all was well.
Good article Ryan, thanks.
While I'm encouraged by the collective mentality of the new members of the planning commission, their actions so far give me pause. In public meetings they're willing to push back against bad architecture/development with pointed questions and suggestions, but when the vote comes, they capitulate. I can't wait for the group to put its foot down on a project with a definitive "no".
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