Fruitvale http://kalw.org en Oakland Wiki puts 'community brain' online http://kalw.org/post/oakland-wiki-puts-community-brain-online <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you’re trying to figure out a piece of information online, your search will typically bring you to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia about practically everything.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But, what if you wanted to know something about Oakland – like why 880 is also called the </span>Nimitz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> freeway – there’s another place you might land: </span><a href="http://oaklandwiki.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Oakland Wiki</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 22:31:46 +0000 Audrey Dilling 43822 at http://kalw.org Oakland Wiki puts 'community brain' online Fruitvale funeral home tries to improve neighborhood for the living http://kalw.org/post/fruitvale-funeral-home-tries-improve-neighborhood-living <p>In 2011, Oakland experienced a spike in violent crime after four years of declining crime rates. As of April of this year, crime has risen by 21 percent. In Fruitvale, merchants are struggling to combat the violence that is plaguing the neighborhood. One unlikely business is taking part in that effort. Cooper’s Chapel Funeral Home has been in the neighborhood for almost a century and now, a new manager is set on making the historic mortuary a vital part of the community.</p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 23:07:00 +0000 Shani Aviram 11399 at http://kalw.org Fruitvale funeral home tries to improve neighborhood for the living Step inside a Fruitvale corner store http://kalw.org/post/step-inside-fruitvale-corner-store <p>Corner stores in Oakland are predominantly run by immigrants from the Middle East. Most of the merchants are originally from Yemen. Some estimates report that 80 percent of Bay Area convenience stores are operated by Yemenese.</p><p>One of those stores is Foothill Market on 19th and &nbsp;Foothill in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. The Hassan family runs it. Ali Farrad Hassan is a first generation Yemeni-American, and has been working in his uncle’s store for a few years now.</p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 22:08:00 +0000 Tymeesa Rutledge 11408 at http://kalw.org Step inside a Fruitvale corner store Riding the 1 bus: An unguided tour to East Oakland http://kalw.org/post/riding-1-bus-unguided-tour-east-oakland <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">One way to get to know a new place is to ride public transportation – especially the bus. It’s like taking an unguided tour – a tour in which there’s often as much to see inside as there is out the windows.</p><p>The most popular buses in Oakland are the 1 and the 1R. The 1, which is the local route, makes 105 stops in three different East Bay cities. It’s a trip that takes four hours from start to finish.</p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 21:10:00 +0000 Julie Caine 11405 at http://kalw.org Riding the 1 bus: An unguided tour to East Oakland Street Level celebrates 10 years of feeding the hungry http://kalw.org/post/street-level-celebrates-10-years-feeding-hungry <p>Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood has a history of welcoming new immigrants. At the turn of the 20th century, the area was full of orchards and beer gardens that served as an attraction to San Francisco residents. Today, you can see colorful markets full of produce and piñatas or eat delicious tacos at one of the area’s many food trucks. Many day laborers will wait on street corners eagerly looking for any type of work. And that’s why a center called <a href="http://streetlevelhealth.org/">Street Level Health Project</a> was created a decade ago.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:58:00 +0000 Maddie Fowler 10975 at http://kalw.org Street Level celebrates 10 years of feeding the hungry