Sunday, December 25, 2011

JLDA Year in Review 2011

This was a busy year for the JLDA. We thank everyone in the District for their continued participation and support.

Here is a sampling of the projects JLDA undertook in 2011:

  • Neighborhood trash clean up
  • A new look and expanded coverage for The Call, our bi-monthly newsletter
  • Coordinating parking permits with the city
  • Working with residents on a Train Quiet Zone
  • Supporting the Oakland bid for an LBNL campus at Brooklyn Basin
  • Holding a neighborhood meeting for businesses and residents to discuss late-night noise on Broadway
  • Providing feedback and marketing information to new and potential businesses in the District
  • Participating in the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council
  • Coming up with solutions to the District's pervasive dog poop problems
  • Advocating for a greater presence in the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan
  • Providing a forum for discussion of a new home for the A's.
  • Investigating the possibility of a Community Benefits District for JLD
  • Outreach to area HOA's and businesses to establish JLDA-community liassons
  • Working with Redevelopment Agency and CalTrans to improve the underpasses
  • Organizing a community design charrette for a future Webster Green

All members of the Jack London District community are welcome at Board and committee meetings. See the calendar for meeting times and places. If you haven't come to a JLDA meeting, 2012 will be an exciting year to get involved. We are always looking for more participation and help.

All the best in the New Year!


Webster Green Charrette a Success

JLDA organized a neighborhood design charrette on December 7, 2011. This was a working session to discuss and sketch ideas for a potential Webster Green connecting Chinatown to the waterfront. Participants were divided into four teams: two worked on Lower Webster (Embarcadero to 4th Street) and two worked on Upper Webster (4th Street to 7th Street). All teams were asked to address specific categories of development: character, program, features, transportation, financing, sustainability, and events. After ninety minutes of intense brainstorming, the groups came together to present their ideas and discuss outcomes.

You can download a PDF of the the Full Charrette Report (2.7 MB) or just the Development Principles (600 KB).

At the next JLDA Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting we will discuss the results of the charrette and next steps towards creating a Webster Green: January 23rd from 7-9pm at 229 Harrison Street in Oakland. All interested parties are welcome.