This week’s East Bay Express contains an examination of some of the “new Oakland;” the real estate development known as the Uptown. Unfortunately for lawmakers and current residents, the Uptown isn’t drawing new blood to Oakland in spite of LEED certification, “a 24-hour concierge, a state-of-the-art gym, access to Zipcar service, a game room, pool and spa, an on-site Oakland Police Department office, a chef’s kitchen, and a private screening room, all available with a lease.” Click here to read the full article and reader’s comments.
I happened to visit the Uptown myself recently. The lack of rentals certainly isn’t for lack of landscaping. The Uptown’s “town square” features red bud (cercis canadensis) and tons of wisteria. The wisteria is young still and will take forever to mature, but I love the effort. Check it out: