Cafe’s have been called the new urban social hubs and regardless if you partake in the daily ritual, I think most will agree that “the more the merrier” (Especially if they’re not the green mermaid logo, mega-corp, drive thru variety). Mandela Parkway has mostly been an “expressway” in regards to Emeryville residents for getting to and from West Oakland BART and connecting highways but the success of Brown Sugar Kitchen has created hope that it could be so much more. Kilovolt Coffee opened it’s doors last month across from American Steel Studios taking over an old warehouse formerly occupied by a steel equipment company but vacant since the destruction of the Cypress freeway from the ’89 quake.
Meet Kilovolt: High Voltage Coffee Coming to Oakland | SF Weekly →
Scarlet City Espresso Bar coming to E’ville this Summer
Scarlet City Espresso, a “Woman-Owned, Certified Organic, Green Company” will open shop this Summer along Adeline in E’ville’s Triangle Neighborhood. Entrepreneurs Jen St. Claire and Susanna Handow met in 2004 have been roasting under the Scarlet City brand since 2009. Their plans for the space include a sci-fi decor and embracing the Northern Italian tradition of drinking espresso as more of a social interaction than a “grab ‘n go” habit.
Scarlet City Espresso brings sci-fi vibe to Emeryville | Berkeleyside →
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Urban Farming and Gentrification cross paths
The NOBE controversy that surfaced in 2012 has made another ripple. This time it’s traveled 3000 miles away to the 89-year-old, East Coast intellectual publication The New Yorker. Northern California-based freelance writer Lauren Markham tackles the perspective of using the idea of community gardening as a real-estate promotional tool. One whose results ultimately support the negative impacts of Gentrification including the displacement of longtime residents. Meanwhile, plans for an Urban Farm & Park at 28th & Peralta in West Oakland have recently broken ground.