Economy

Housing expert Betsy Morris calls tiny houses the "kittens of the housing world" — irresistibly cute.

With laws changing, tiny homes may have a big effect on housing

Making space for more people without forcing out existing residents is a key dilemma of the housing crisis, affecting cities across the Bay Area. While large apartment buildings can take years to go up, advocates...
Fiber Florist, otherwise known as Vivian Truong, makes everlasting flowers out of felt.  (Photo courtesy of Fiber Florist)

At “Fiber Florist,” a local artist creates everlasting bouquets

In the window display of Vivian Truong’s studio there are rose petals as soft as a newborn’s hair, tulips as vibrantly colored as wild birds, and daffodils as bright as the early morning sun. It...
Man preparing marijuana.

As the marijuana industry heats up, street dealers think about going legal

Entrepreneurs from other industries are moving into the space and creating a social bubble that excludes the “underground” group.
Uli Elser's homemade pretzels. (Photo by Isara Krieger)

Is this Oakland startup an Etsy for home-cooked food?

This startup's goal is to ensure the future of home-cooking, connecting local chefs to a hungry community.
Pamela Baron started the House Portrait Commission, a collection of painted homes from the Bay Area. (Photo by Libby Leyden)

Capturing Bay Area houses with watercolors and a brush

Watercolor illustrator Pamela Baron has set out to capture Oakland’s unique neighborhoods through her hand-painted images of people’s homes, a project she calls “The House Portrait Commission.”
Along with three other East Bay newspapers, the Oakland Tribune will be folded into the new East Bay Times and cease operating as a daily newspaper in April. Photo by Brittany Murphy.

Oakland Tribune to be folded into a new multi-city publication

After an announcement from the Bay Area News Group (BANG) on March 1, Oakland found itself on its way to becoming a city without a daily newspaper: In April, the Oakland Tribune will be folded...
Adam Hubenig is owner and designer of Gneiss Wood.

Artist’s love for driftwood anchors Gneiss Wood in Oakland

Adam Hubenig grew up in Quebec and Ontario, Canada, surrounded by lush forest, hidden brooks and rivers, with access to a secluded cabin where he could completely escape into nature. He moved to Oakland in...
Greeting over drinks at Sunset Magazine party

Sunset Magazine relocates to Oakland, setting sights on younger, urban readers

Sunset Magazine hosted a party in mid February to celebrate its new move, new editor - in - chief, and new direction it planned to take editorially at its new Oakland location.
On Wednesday night, community members interested in teaching in Oakland attended a recruiting event hosted by non-profits Educate 78, Education for Change and the Oakland Unified School District.

Recruitment fair hopes to engage new teachers, addressing Oakland teacher shortage

On Wednesday night, community members interested in teaching in Oakland attended a recruiting event hosted by non-profits Educate 78, Education for Change and the Oakland Unified School District.
deli

Historic deli faces closure from increased rent

The Genova Delicatessen, located at 5095 Telegraph Avenue, has been part of the famous Temescal Plaza since 1926. When it first opened it sold mostly just pastas and sauces but in the late 1960s the...
Alex Masi of Sacramento and her Star Wars-themed Bernie Sanders poster.

Hundreds rally for Bernie Sanders in Oakland as Super Tuesday looms

As voters went to the polls in South Carolina, and with Super Tuesday looming on March 1, about 300 people rallied for Bernie Sanders in downtown Oakland on Saturday. Local group SambaFunk provided a pulsating...
The February 24 school board meeting was heavily attended by families from Vincent Academy and American Indian Model Schools (AIMS).

Performance, charter school renewal are priorities at school board meeting

Wednesday night’s Oakland school board meeting started off sparsely populated; board president James Harris joked that it would be a short meeting. But within two and a half hours, it was standing room only, as...
Gloria Bruce, Executive Director at East Bay Housing Organizations speaks at the Hack Housing event Wednesday at SPUR in Oakland.

Density is key to affordable housing in Oakland, say SPUR speakers

At the Hack Housing forum Wednesday evening, speakers argued for denser housing, impact fees on developers, and more development around BART stations in Oakland. At the forum, three housing experts and one entrepreneur pitched solutions...
Tales of Two Cities will bring you audio stories about Oakland and Richmond. Stay tuned. Design by Angelica Casas.

Tales of Two Cities #2: All about the Benjamins

Howdy Listeners, This week on Tales of Two Cities we take a look at four unique businesses and how they reflect what’s happening in Richmond and Oakland’s economies. From a legendary deli in the heart...