Topic: Community

A row of three modular housing units covered with vibrant murals.

A Colorful Housing Collaborative

There are an estimated 700 unhoused, “transition-aged youth” between the ages of 18–24 who live in Alameda County. Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) is a Berkeley-based non-profit organization that has taken groundbreaking steps to help these individuals as they enter adulthood.

Colorful assortment of fruit and vegetables arranged on a dark tabletop

Minimizing Food Waste: Summer Recipes to Savor and Save

With summer well underway, bringing with it a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables in season, read on for some recipes to reduce food waste—including crunchy veggie chips, leftover fruit crumble, Persian tahdig, and more!

The California Hotel

Welcome to the California Hotel

While neighborhoods are not static, maintaining an area’s historical and cultural character can help create a sense of place. Such is the case with the California Hotel in West Oakland–recent renovations have maintained the building’s historic exterior while giving it a new role in its community.

A man posing in an Oaklandish-branded black t-shirt and army green jacket against an urban backdrop.

Rooted in Oakland

Clothing is a way for many to express their identity, whether that be a cultural influence, favorite sports team, or lifestyle choice. Oaklandish, the Oakland-based clothing brand, has become a way for residents and visitors to represent their connection to the city.

A girl in a traditional Mexican blouse and skirt

A Community That Cares

During the 1960s and 70s, Fruitvale was a hotspot for widespread activism. The Chicano Movement, born from frustrations of socio-economic and racial inequity, was one call to action.

Man wearing a mask hammering molten metal in workshop.

Empowering Aspiring Artists

The art industry can be difficult to break into without connections, resources, and a lot of luck. A group of Oakland-based organizations and volunteers are working to support local artists by sharing their work and exposing a wider audience to the power of art.

Aerial view of Jack London Square including harbor with boats.

The Square By the Sea

Situated across the Bay from the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, Oakland’s Jack London Square is an entertaining district for tourists and residents alike. EcoBlock’s Amit Cohen explores the constant redevelopment of this historic waterfront as it navigates a long-standing, cross-bay rivalry.

Neighborhood scene with dog walker and biker.

Tree Planting for the Oakland EcoBlock

Anyone can plant a tree, but making sure it thrives is another story. In this article, Sherwood Design Engineers provide seven simple steps to ensure tree planting success, as well as tips for care after planting.