The 14 graduates of the inaugural 2021 Oakland Shoreline Leadership Academy have new skills to confront the rising tide head-on. “It’s completely changed how I look at the environment,” confesses Academy alum Shy Walker.
Warren Logan is confident that if we fight for safer streets, we can have them. “In Oakland you are more likely to be hit by a car than cancer or a stray bullet,” he says.
Faced with a health crisis, or stifling heat or smoke, most people will go somewhere familiar for help, a place they feel welcome. Oakland Chinatown’s Lincoln Center is that kind of safe haven, the perfect location for one of the city’s new “resilience hubs.”
It’s July 30th at the San Francisco Exploratorium and three teams of 10 to 15 adventurers, ranging from ages 9 to about 50, are assembled to participate in a live-action role-playing event unlike anything most had experienced before.
After a career of school administration and community engagement, Wanda Stewart saw firsthand how schools can be a central space for activating people.
Jocelyn Gama is a college student, activist, educator, athlete, model, and fashion designer. “I’m focused on helping my community heal,” she says.
KneeDeep interviewed Marcy Brown, master of “Death by a Thousand Breaths,” about what went into her thinking in designing a 90-minute, live action role-playing Dungeons and Dragons game called Cerulean Port City.
From tattoo parlors to senior housing, San Pablo Avenue has it all. Now the busy thoroughfare is also a testbed for a distributed network of rain gardens.
Take a drive from the Oakland Airport to the Coliseum, and it’s impossible not to feel the consequences of urban decay: potholes. Luckily, a trio of high school sophomores are proposing an unlikely solution: tree sap.
After years of historical injustice, community action and vision, coupled with ballpark redevelopment opportunities, are raising East Oakland’s resilience.
Shadow future Oakland influencers as they learn about their shoreline in this up close 7-minute video by journalist Kristine Wong.
Trees do far more than add shade and property value to a city block; they can remove harmful pollutants from the air, reduce flooding, and perhaps most crucially in a changing climate, they can reduce heat. A 2019 investigation by NPR found that Oakland’s poorer neighborhoods are almost universally hotter than its richer regions (in fact, the city had one of the strongest correlations between heat and income in the country).