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word on the street Reflections on Oakland, from the people who know it best Libby Schaaf Mayor of Oakland @LibbySchaaf “It’s easy to fall in love with Oakland. From the redwoods to the shores of Lake Merritt, Oakland’s beauty makes it a playground for nature lovers and urbanites alike. Our diversity, creative energy and down-to-earth authenticity add to Oakland’s ‘secret sauce,’ which includes world-class artists, entrepreneurs and activists of every stripe. It’s part of how we make everyone feel at home.” Robert Ogilvie Director of SPUR Oakland, an urbanplanning research organization @SPUR_Urbanist “There are so many different types of people in Oakland, and they have an open attitude toward each other. It’s stimulating and refreshing; you learn something new all the time. The city is trying to grapple with change in a way that will keep its soul. “I love downtown. You turn a corner, and there is a new building, an old building that’s been rehabbed, a new business that’s popped up.” Justin Metoyer Mullon Muralist and educator with Attitudinal Healing Connection @AHC_oakland “We have a strong arts community that gets a lot of support—a lot of energy and appreciation go into art and artists here. We love doing what we’re meant to do. There are a lot of art galleries, art events and artists; in my neighborhood in West Oakland, there are at least five artists living within a few blocks. All cultures come together to make Oakland what it is.” Glynn Washington Executive producer of NPR’s Snap Judgment @glynnwashington “Oakland gets everything first. It’s on the cutting edge of every societal trend—sexuality, class, labor, gender. It’s a peek into the future. You can have 130 languages within four blocks. Mixed together, you will get clashes, amazing communities, great food. And lots and lots of stories. “Kids who come up in Oakland’s school system can talk to anybody. They can flip between all kinds of groups in a way I never could. They are able to talk to straight, gay, black, Chinese, throw some Spanish in there, Punjabi. It’s not ‘I tolerate this’; it’s more of an embrace.” V i s i t o a k l a n d . o r g 1 5 Cloc kwise from top: Steve Babul jak; Court esy of Justi n Metoyer-Mullo n; Kara Brod gesell; Court esy of the office of mayor libby schaa f T h e V i b e oBehind Washington is a mural planned by Attitudinal Healing Connection


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