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Old 03-10-2011, 10:00 PM
 
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Default Census 2010: Oakland lost 2.2%, But Downtown Oakland grew by 31%

Further proof that Oakland is a city of contrasts.


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OAKLAND -- Mark Efe, his wife and young daughter moved a few months ago from American Canyon to a downtown Oakland area that until recently was populated by parking lots, a few auto-related businesses, and some hardy arts groups.

The family joined a population shift sparked by former Mayor Jerry Brown's ambitious plan to reinvigorate downtown Oakland with 10,000 new residents and new housing for them all.

While Oakland as a whole lost more than 8,000 people, or 2 percent of its population, its downtown bucked that trend in the past decade, adding 5,000 people since the 2000 census, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released this week.

According to the latest census figures, population in the seven census tracts that make up Oakland's downtown -- which includes Uptown, Old Oakland, Chinatown and Jack London Square -- grew by 5,134 people, from 16,399 people counted in the 2000 census to 21,533 today.

Slightly more than 3,500 new downtown condominiums, townhouses and apartments have been finished in the past decade and hundreds more are either under construction or still moving slowly through the planning phase, waiting for the recession to end and financing and customer demand to pick up again.

Census: Not quite '10K,' but Bay Area sees population spurt in some downtown areas - San Jose Mercury News

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Old 03-10-2011, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Nice article, Kalen. I think my favorite part of the development is in Uptown, but JLS provides for me the biggest hope for city-changing future development. I wish we could fast-forward the clock and see what happens in 5-10 years.

Oh, and amazing photo.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:13 PM
 
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Generally I think condos are gross fortresses for rich empty nesters but if you look at the prices for the downtown Oakland condos they really are just about affordable for normal people.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:14 PM
 
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Nice article, Kalen. I think my favorite part of the development is in Uptown, but JLS provides for me the biggest hope for city-changing future development. I wish we could fast-forward the clock and see what happens in 5-10 years.

Oh, and amazing photo.
Thanks...the photographer did a great job.

Oakland is so weird this census. This article perfectly illustrates that Oakland almost functions as 2 separate cities and now Downtown is slowly gentrifying into a Williamsburg, Brooklyn type location where edgy alternative types are paving the way for a wave of yuppies that will follow suit. The grit isnt going anywhere, but the scene is definitely changing.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:15 PM
 
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Generally I think condos are gross fortresses for rich empty nesters but if you look at the prices for the downtown Oakland condos they really are just about affordable for normal people.
Yes, Oakland's prices are incrediby reasonable because that's what our market will bear.

Well, except for the $1.6 Million penthouse at the Ellington. LOL.

I recall several million dollar lofts too a while back..dunno about now tho.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I went to an open house at the Cathedral Building. They range from about 600K to 1M. Those actually felt worth it. Awesome views, and it was a true penthouse with the floor and elevator lobby to yourself. It was a good value. Maybe if I win the lottery I can move in, I always wanted my own lobby.
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:10 AM
 
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I went to an open house at the Cathedral Building. They range from about 600K to 1M. Those actually felt worth it. Awesome views, and it was a true penthouse with the floor and elevator lobby to yourself. It was a good value. Maybe if I win the lottery I can move in, I always wanted my own lobby.
That's a really beautiful building.
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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That's a really beautiful building.
Definitely try to sneak in if there is an open house. So worth it to check out the architecture. And the unfinished bachelor pad with the killer ceiling mounted bath tub faucet.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:16 AM
 
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Who wants to live in Dt. Oakland?
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:23 AM
 
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Who wants to live in Dt. Oakland?
Apparently 21,000 people, most of whom could live anywhere they want.
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