Don Kinkead

Oakland Changing: Planning Director Gives Perspective to the Present

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Once upon a time, before the automobile and the bus became dominant in urban transportation, most American cities had robust streetcar systems that were dependable, comfortable to ride, and took people where they wanted to go.

Often founded by development and business interests, the early streetcar routes spawned new housing and commercial districts. Operating at speeds that did not overly threaten pedestrians or disrupt the sociability of folks on the sidewalks, streetcars were more a part of the environment than an imposition.

BART Moves on Fix for Pre-Drought Damage to Parking Lot Planting

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Reports of concern at the severe neglect and die-off of plants in BART's west parking lot area led The Rockridge News to contact District 1 BART boardmember Rebecca Saltzman for information about plans to save the plants. BART had fully landscaped the area following earthquake retrofit work at the station. Following is the content of a staff report made to her:

Is Our Neighborhood Character at Risk?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

When RCPC worked for the downzoning of Rockridge in the early 1970s, one of the goals of the organization was a vibrant commercial district along College Avenue.

Members of the group wanted ground floor retail space to be retail only, with office and other non-retail uses located on the floors above the retail spaces. They planned a pedestrian-friendly retail environment.

College Avenue today largely reflects that goal, and is a Bay Area success story attracting customers from throughout the region.

Meet Captain Anthony Toribio, District 2 Area Commander

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Jutting up 10 stories above 7th Street and Broadway - and hard by the Nimitz Freeway - the Oakland Police Department Administration Building, known to those who work there as the PAB, presents an indecipherable gray wall of windows and panels to the street.

Before a seismic retroft several years ago, the building was fairly easy to enter through any of the several doorways dotting the sides and front of the ground floor. Now, many have been walled off; the doors remaining are sturdier, smaller and more foreboding. Several can be opened only by coded buttons.

Bike to Work Day: Rolling Along for 20 Years

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Join cyclists from around the Bay Area and ride your bike to work. The San Francisco Bay Area's 20th annual Bike to Work Day (BTWD) is Thursday, May 9, an event to encourage cycling as a non-polluting and healthy commute option.

Report Your Potholes for City’s ‘Pothole Blitz’

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Shortly after Susan Shawl's informal pothole survey was published in the March issue of The Rockridge News, many of the pavement failures she documented were filled and paved, including the one on Claremont Avenue that measured a whopping 3 feet by 4 feet by 3 inches deep.

Coincidence? Possibly.

RCPC Town Hall: Meet Councilmember Dan Kalb

Friday, April 5, 2013

"It's a lot of work, about what I expected, but I'm a workaholic generally," said Dan Kalb, characterizing his first months as the City Councilmember for Council District 1 which includes Rockridge.

Kalb met late in March with RCPC board members Stuart Flashman and Don Kinkead to discuss a range of Oakland and Rockridge issues in anticipation of his attendance at the RCPC April Town Hall meeting.

CCA Galleries Showcase Student Art

Saturday, March 2, 2013

For all the neighborhoods that College Avenue traverses between Bancroft Avenue in Berkeley and Broadway in Oakland, and for all the opportunities presented to shoppers and residents to learn the ins and outs of the avenue, there are always new nooks and crannies to discover and explore. Some are just obscure or hard to find, others may be hidden in the shadow of a better-known parent institution.

Rockridge Potholes: An Informal Survey

Saturday, March 2, 2013

By the time her car had dropped bone jarringly into yet another pothole on a Rockridge street, Susan Shawl began to wonder just how bad the potholes were around her neighborhood. She had driven only a few blocks and was already concerned about the car’s suspension.

After returning home for paper, pencil and tape measure, she cruised nearby streets to record potholes and deteriorated paving. Her plan was to submit the list to the Public Works department for repairs.

In less than half-an-hour, she developed the following list of 28 potholes:

Plans for Rockridge BART Plaza on Track

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Creating attractive and useful public space is never easily or quickly done. Eight years after RCPC first proposed improvements to the area outside the BART station area at Keith and College avenues, an approved redesign of the space is in hand and closer than ever to becoming a reality.

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