Oakland is a Top 10 Green Cities
SustainLane.com has called Oakland a frontrunner for having good green and sustainable waste and energy policies.
Here's what they say:
"Residents of the ethnically diverse port city of Oakland enjoy sunny days, clean air (thanks to Pacific breezes), locally-produced food, and public transportation ridership of over 20 percent. Since Mayor Ron Dellums took office in January of 2007, the city has also adopted a "Zero Waste by 2020" plan, launched an "Oil Independence Oakland by 2020" task force, and banned plastic bags and styrofoam takeout containers. Oakland has one of the highest solid waste diversion rates in the country and an energy matrix that’s more than ten percent renewable. The city has partnered with the University of California Berkeley to study how to source 30 percent of its food locally, and it's part of an alliance with San Francisco, Berkeley, and other Bay Area communities to jointly get half of their energy from renewable sources by 2017. Two areas that still need work? Congestion and housing affordability. Finally, much like Detroit, Memphis or Baltimore, once Oakland gets its crime rate under control, it could be as desirable a place to live as its cross-bay neighbor, San Francisco." -- http://www.sustainlane.com/us-city-rankings/cities/oakland
In addition there are lots of green local businesses as well as diverse groups of people that consider the environment as they go about their daily tasks. I was surprised to see Oakland being considered at the top, but then after considering how people that live and work there think, I'm not really surprised. There's still a lot of neighborhoods that need to clean up. But, it looks like Oaktown is off to a great start. San Francisco (#2 on the list) and the rest of the Bay Area do a great job of keeping the environment in mind, so it's good to see the 2 main cities in the top 10 out of the most populous cities in the United States.
Explore some of the...
Explore some of the neighborhoods. See the historic architecture downtown, stroll down College Ave, get a cup of coffee on Piedmont Ave, see a movie at the Grand Lake Theater, get a burrito in Fruitvale, then head up to Montclair and watch the sun set over San Francisco Bay.
Oakland's neighborhoods are the cities heart and soul; and because of the area's decentralised nature, they are also where most of the action is.
(photo: a residential street off of Piedmont Avenue)
World Famous Moswood Playground
Oakland has been the hometown for ballers like Bill Russel, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, and Antonio Davis. All products of very good park and rec leauges as well as highschools that are known as atheletic powerhouses.
Mosswood Playground has even been featured in video games like NBA 2K2. The courts are well maintained and sponsored by the Golden State Warriors. The times I've been there only younger players come out to play. I've read in the newspapers and some basketball magazines that it is worthwhile to come watch some of the kids' leagues that play here. Though there are no games at night, the courts are well lit.
Date of the dead
Take a date on a walk through the cemetery - no kidding.
Or, just walk the dog or jog to see some of the most spectacular sunsets over San Francisco... all among the well-manicured and maintained Mountain View Cemetery.
Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (whose other credits include New York's Central Park) designed the looping flows of road that makes the cemetery surprisingly intimate for something so vast.
Local historically important figures like railroad tycoon turned banker Charles Crocker are buried here, and the amount and extent of the artistic carvings abound. Special sections of the cemetery are dedicated to certain ethnic or religious groups. There's even a pets section.
Docent-led tours begin at 10am the second Saturday of each month and last approximately 3 hours
Don't Miss This Popular Treasure!
Le Cheval is a family owned French Vietnamese Restaurant that has been in the Oakland Community for a long time. The food is fresh, as well as healthy. The service is efficient, the ambience is nice, and the price is right. It is a popular eatery that serves dishes that cause your palate to salute you. I love everything on the menu, and have sampled everything. My favorite dishes are the garlic green beans. The green beans can be served with cubed beef, chicken, shrimp, tofu, or alone. The lemongrass chicken is great and all dishes can be substitued with veggies or tofu. I love the carrot soup, and the Mein Ga/Chicken Soup with Bean Thread Noodles. The seafood roles are lovely served with a wonderful peanut sauce. They also do magic with calamari. Everything is wonderful.