Oakland Wants Sunday Streets to Cross the Bay

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Downtown Oakland could get a lot quieter for one day this summer. Photo: Michael Layefsky on Flickr

    Desperate to not be known as the first in homicides, Oakland is set to become the first East Bay city to adopt San Francisco's popular Sunday Streets.

    Our friends at SF Weekly report that Oakland is preparing to shut down 12 blocks of Broadway and three blocks of Telegraph Avenue in the downtown area on June 27 for its own motor less street festival.

    This past weekend San Francisco hosted it latest Sunday Streets by shutting down part of the Embarcadero for roller skating lessons, picnics and more.

    Oakland still needs to raise about $10,000 to put on Oaklavia, according to Karen Hester, an event planner hired by the advocacy group Walk-Oakland Bike-Oakland.

    "I think it's important for Oakland to be first in something rather than the worst homicide rate, the worst public schools," she told the Weekly.

    Apparently she hasn't heard of Oaksterdam.