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Emeryville, an industrial center that languished for years, changed its image in the 1990s by becoming an arts center. In the early 20th century, the city was also known for its gambling houses, speakeasies, racetracks...

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As modern as the infrastructure in E’ville has become, I’ve never been impressed by the speed of the internet or the choices available. I’ve waited years for U-Verse to make its way to my neighborhood...

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Bay Street may get all the retail glory in E’ville but Emery Bay is leading quite a comeback. Joining the new state-of-the-art Guitar Center will be the recently announced addition of the Hipster favorite Urban Outfitters...

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Guitar Center comes to E’ville

January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Guitar Center stepped in to fill the huge vacancy at the Emery Bay Shopping complex left by Borders when they shuddered their doors last year. Guitar Center will close its El Cerrito store and open its...

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City Manager Patrick O’Keeffe likened it to “an Earthquake” at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, and the aftershocks can be felt throughout the 1.2 square miles that is the City of Emeryville. As part of his budget deficit proposal, Governor...

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OPEN: Honor Bar, Grill & Cocktails.

January 4, 2012 | 1 Comments

One of E’ville’s most well-traveled intersections at Powell & Hollis (and a segment of the stalled “Greenway” project) is finally getting some action. The former dilapidated “Sushi Village” spot has reemerged as a promising new Bar...

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City Council Candidate Forum

October 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Berkeley-Albany-Emeryville Chapter of the League of Women Voters will be holding a candidate forum on Wednesday, October 26th from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. at Old Town Hall, City Council Chambers, 1333 Park Avenue. The...

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With the Emeryville Election just three weeks away, our mailboxes will no doubt be bombarded with candidate and measure flyers. Sometimes it’s hard to decipher the real agendas that these measures seek so I hope...

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I was a bit bummed when I first heard of Kitty’s closing it’s doors back in August. Kitty’s may have run its course but the fact is that the space itself was quite nice and...

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Starter Bakery – Wholesale Pastries

October 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

Taking over the spot where Blue Bottle Coffee got their start in the Beach Street office park facing Target is a new wholesale Bakery. In addition to selling at the Temescal Famers Market, they also...

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I ran across this 2008 post while reminiscing with a co-worker recently. Probably my first memory of Emeryville … before I knew where Emeryville was. The author describes it perfectly. It was one of the few spots...

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IKEA switches on 2,300-panel solar project

September 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Furniture retail giant IKEA officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its East Bay store in Emeryville, California, yesterday. The 68,000-square-foot PV array consists of a 538-kW system, built with approximately 2,394 panels. IKEA Emeryville’s program...

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What is the heart of the city of Emeryville? Non-Residents might say Bay Street but I shudder to think that a mall could satisfy this important role. The sad truth is that I can’t think...

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Emeryville's school district has ended 10 years of state control by paying off the final installment of a $1.3 million loan it had to take out because of the large debt it had accumulated under...

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A suspect who held hostages overnight at the Emeryville Office Depot on Hollis St. in a botched attempt to rob the store was taken into custody Saturday morning, an Oakland police officer said. After police reviewed...

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I had the misfortune of witnessing the end of the spot a few weeks back. Out of the rubble though, I witnessed a resiliency that I had not seen from this generation. The same skaters...

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A resolution to the noise waiver to extend work hours for the Envirocon clean-up of the Sherwin Williams factory was defeated at this evening’s city council meeting by a 2-3 vote. An Envirocon representative rationalized...

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Who knew Emeryville was a focal point of the civil war on the West Coast? This article references Camp Downey, an Infantry training camp located on a tract now occupied by Emeryville City Hall and...

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Caltrans Demolishes Volunteer-Built Skatepark

August 26, 2011 | 5 Comments

If you’re new to the neighborhood, you may not remember the homeless encampment that existed prior to “the Spot”, a DIY skatepark under 580 behind Target. If you use Beach St. as a shortcut, you’re well familiar with the...

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory opened a 15,000 square foot biofuels research center in Emeryville this week. The Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, or ABPDU, will allow large scale tests of processes developed in laboratory work …...

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Pixar Campus Phase II Expansion

August 20, 2011 | 1 Comments

As an eastern facing neighbor, I wasn’t thrilled about Pixar consuming a large chunk of my view of the hills but I am glad that they’re rooted in E-Ville (I just wish they’d let their...

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Kitty’s Calls It Quits

August 18, 2011 | 2 Comments

One of the few “cool” places in E’ville where you could sip a brew or cocktail while listening to DJ’s spin or just chat outside on their ample outdoor patio area. I hadn’t been back...

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The perennially under construction Park Avenue plaza is finally slated to officially open! FREE and open to ALL! Music, food stalls from local restaurants and caterers, wine and other drinks available, courtesy of Pyramid Alehouse….come...

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Opened in 1912 at 16th Street and Wood Street, the Southern Pacific Train Station in West Oakland used to be one of the three original train stations serving Oakland at the beginning of the 20th...

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