A month ago, V Smoothe pointed out that the amount of bloggers blogging regularly about Oakland is a bit pathetic. I was a bit more upbeat about the situation, but agreed that we could use more voices in the community.
Well, our calls have been heard, and last week, a great Oakland blog was started. It’s called Brooklyn Avenue, and it’s self-described as “The view from one spot in Oakland, CA.”
It’s rare that I endorse a blog so quickly, but the writing this week has been consistently interesting and thought provoking. Here’s a sampling:
- Missing the Point chides an SF Chronicle LTE for proposing that bicyclists pay fees, instead arguing, “If anything, we should be paying people to ride their bikes, not charging them for the privilege.” I agree.
- Oakland “hot spots” for death is as depressing as it sounds, but you might be surprised that the increased death rate has less to do with violence and more to do with public health issues.
- Take the money and run? reveals that soon to retire City Administrator Deborah Edgerly was the 7th highest paid worker in Oakland last year. I’m sure Edgerly has a tough job, but that seems pretty ridiculous to me too.
So go check it out and help me welcome Brooklyn Avenue to the blogoaksphere*!