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A New Underpass: Connecting Downtown Oakland and Jack London By Adrian Napolitano, Jack London Improvement District Intern  Summer 2016 Focus: Underpass Improvements  Underpass improvement is...

Utility boxes in strategic locations throughout the District are being covered in art! In partnership with Athen B. Gallery and Streets Alive!, the Jack London...

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Artists paint Jack London utility boxes live!

Utility boxes in strategic locations throughout the District are being covered in art! In partnership with Athen B. Gallery and Streets Alive!, the Jack London Improvement District issued a Call for Artists and selected the first eight who will live paint their art on utility boxes throughout Jack London. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch renowned artists create their works.

Below is a map and schedule so you can be sure to catch your favorite artists.

Saturday May 14th

Artist: Cameron Thompson - Instagram

Location: 4th and Jefferson

Artist: Marcos Lafarga - Website/Instagram

Location: 4th and Washington

Sunday May 15th

Artist: Cannon Dill - Website/Instagram

Location: 6th and Broadway

Artist: Troy Lovegates - Website/Instagram

Location: 4th and Jackson

Monday May 16th

Artist: Lynnea Holland-Weiss - Website/Instagram

Location: 4th and Harrsion

Artist: Kate Klinbeil - Website/Instagram

Location: 3rd and Broadway

Wednesday May 18th

Artist: Ricky Watts - Website/Instagram

Location: 4th and Jefferson

John Felix Arnold (Website/Instagram) has yet to be scheduled!

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Jack London and Plan Downtown

Jack London is an active participant in the entitlement process of District projects as well as the Downtown Specific Plan process underway. As part of a transparent and collaborative approach to creating and maintaining a safe, clean, thriving Jack London District with flourishing businesses, vibrant events, and quality of life, the Jack London Improvement District is convening neighborhood conversations about land use, economic development, business, resilience, industry, history, and culture relevant to the District. The discussions are both educational and serve as a guide for the long range vision of the District. 

Since the initiation of Plan Downtown, Jack London has been working to extend the City's community engagement and provide a forum for participation in the visioning and planning process. The community discussions around connecting the waterfront with the Downtown through improved gateways, the future of the wholesale produce district, enhanced public spaces, industry and mixed-use, and rail and transit infrastructure have informed the focus of the Downtown Plan.

Stay updated on the City's Planning Process here.

City of Oakland's Interactive Map of Major Development Projects or List of Major Development Projects

In the first community meeting on December 10, the focus was to 1) hear and understand what issues are of importance to the Jack London Community so that they are studied in the Plan, and 2) for the City to communicate the process of the Plan for optimal engagement.

The second community meeting on March 22 in Jack London focused on the Plan Alternatives, and shared the process of the Plan for continued engagement. 

 

See the slides from the City's presentation on the Plan Alternatives, specific to Jack London, here.

Join us to lead the neighborhood’s improvement with a progressive, creative, and collaborative approach. 

Upcoming Community Meeting info available on our events page!

Other Relevant Links:

Alameda County Transportation Commission's Freeway Access Project

City of Oakland's Interactive Map of Major Development Projects or List of Major Development Projects

 

Connect Oakland

 

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Cleaning and Safety Ambassador Program

 

Meet our terrific team of Jack London Ambassadors. They're glad to give directions and information, pedestrian and motorist assistance, and provide safety and umbrella escorts as they make our streets clean and safe.

 

Ambassador Operating Hours

7:00am – 9:00pm

Monday through Thursday

9:00am – 11:00pm

Friday, Saturday

8:30am – 4:30pm on Sundays. 

 

Ambassador General Line: 510-363-0989

Operations Manager: cpazrivera@blockbyblock.com

 

Ambassadors provide:

Cleaning Services

  • Intensive cleaning of sidewalks, gutters, and fixtures in the public right-of way to improve the street-level experience, particularly in areas of chronic neglect (such as the Broadway/880 underpass).
  • Special projects such as removal of hazardous fixtures in the public right-of-way, painting of street furnishings, removal of extensive graffiti in the public right-of-way and more.

Hospitality Services

  • A friendly greeting and visitor assistance, directions, recommendations, and neighborhood information. 
  • Social Service outreach as they interact with the homeless and Street population to conduct welfare check
  • Umbrella escorts in the rain between any two points within the District on request.

Safety Services

  • Deterrence & reporting of unwanted behavior as they circulate and observe activity throughout the District
  • Requesting compliance with Oakland’s laws and ordinances.
  • Coordination with the Oakland Police Department to share safety and security information
  • Information to community members of safety practices.
  • Safety walking escort between any two points within the District on request.

 

Current Projects in District Improvements, Branding, Marketing, and Business Support

The District focuses on supporting economic vibrancy and quality-of life through its cleaning and safety services, marketing and promotion, smart development advocacy, and community engagement. A few of our current special projects are described below.

District Branding: Light pole banners

These long term temporary fixtures are installed on lampposts around the District and celebrate the many unique aspects of Jack London. 

B-Shuttle Promotion and Funding for Extended Service Hours

Building Art Program

We coordinate with property owners, artists, and curators to identify and implement art in outdoor neighborhood locations to enliven the Jack London District for its residents, workers, and visitors.

Find out more here 

Bike Solar Oakland

Partnering with GenZeDC Solar, and CalCEFBike Solar Oakland's first sun-powered charging station was piloted at 333 Broadway. These solar powered bikes will be available as a community amenity.

 

4th_and_Washington_utility_box.jpgArt Wrapped Utility Boxes

Utility boxes in strategic locations throughout the District are being covered in art by a community- curated group of local respected artists.

 

Underpass Infrastructure Improvements

The 880 underpasses have long been perceived as a barrier. We are working to provide short-term mitigations, including cleaning, pressure washing, and coordinating lighting and electrical repairs with the City. We’re also developing a vision for longer-range environmental design solutions in creative brainstorming sessions, with the City, and consultants working on the ongoing Freeway Access Plan and Downtown Specific Plan.

 

Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) 

Jack London Improvement District is providing the ongoing organization, and outreach for Beat 1X NCPC. This group is for collaboration between the Jack London community and public safety officials through our Community Resources Officer and our Neighborhood Services Coordinator.

 

Embarcadero Safety Project

This long term project includes updating the original study and fundraising for the capital improvements required to implement safer crossings and pedestrian and vehicular interfaces, and considers a Train Quiet Zone in Jack London.

 

Pop-Ups/Activation of 333 Broadway

We’re activating our headquarters at 333 Broadway and transforming the space into a community resource. We host STEAM factory, a workshop series where kids create alongside professional makers; the beta Bike Solar Oakland; and start-up food businesses on a rotating basis. We invite Jack London community groups to use the space for meetings and events.

 

Quarterly Panel Talks

This series of interactive, educational events with local leaders and subject-matter experts will continue as we explore development in Jack London such as retailhistory of developmentindustry, and other topics of interest.

 

Community Partner Events

To keep the community informed and engaged we will continue the sponsorship, partnership, or direct hosting of community events such as launch events for publicity of projects, developer outreach forums, National Night Out, Crime Prevention Council meetings, and more. Check out our calendar to see upcoming events.

 

Landscaping Medians

New plants and landscaping are installed in the medians on Broadway and other minor landscaped areas in the District. Thanks to great volunteer support!

 

Jack London Collateral

A consumer and business friendly neighborhood guide to promote what’s here and what’s to come will be developed.

 

There’s a tremendous amount of dedication and love for this neighborhood, and the District is privileged to benefit from the expertise and input of many of you as volunteers. We welcome your feedback and participation as we work together to foster economic vitality and quality-of-life in Oakland’s unique, historic, urban waterfront community. Send us an email or give us a call to get involved.

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