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Town Hall Meeting: Whither the 880/Broadway Underpass?

The I-880 underpass at Broadway is commonly described as disgusting, smelly, scary, gross, dark, unwelcoming, and several other terms unfit for a family publication. The artwork installed there has been neglected and is in disarray. As a vital passage between the Jack London District and downtown, many feel it should be cleaned up, dressed up, and generally improved so it will become a welcoming portal to the District.

This gathering is being hosted by Lynette McElhaney's office,  in concert with members of the Jack London District Association and Jack London Improvement District. The facility is generously provided by Metrovation, a long-time developer and booster of the District.  Other City officials will also attend. 

Learn about past efforts to improve this underpass, the status of the art there, and help us create a plan to make this gateway one that will make us proud.

You opinion matters. Please join this important conversation.

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  • Ben D.

    Excellent facilitation, great participation. Many good ideas came out of this meeting. Thanks, everyone!

    May 1, 2014

  • Rea

    Very good. Great ideas.

    2 · April 30, 2014

  • Paul K.

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Paul K.

    Check out Vickie Sowell's work in Emeryville and Fruitvaile (for Oakland and Cal Trans). Oakland's Call for Artist may have some funding. http://www.unrulyimages.com/publicart/convergence/index.html

    April 29, 2014

  • Barbara M.

    They are somewhat responsive which is not bad, however there is no enforcement. The very next day, if not within hours, it starts again. Responsive perhaps, effective, no. We need a real solution for these people and it's not under the highway. Ditto for illegal dumping.

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Shea

    i've found Oakland Public Works and Caltran are VERY responsive when you report these kinds of problems -- encampments, illegal dumping -- through their websites

    http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/PWA/Connect/ReportaProblem/index.htm

    http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/msrsubmit/

    April 24, 2014

  • Paul K.

    Concerned about a new large reoccurring homeless encampment at Jackson St and 880. I'm wondering if art, such as the one on Powell St. and 80 can be helpful here. One thing that Powell St. has is bright focused light (imagine car headlights) on the art pieces on concrete pavement. Such conditions makes it uncomfortable to hang out and take residence. Stolen bike parts, drug trade, pit bulls have been witness just last week. People are afraid to go near it and this freeway entry to Jack London Square is hardly welcoming.

    April 20, 2014

  • Tib T.

    Looking for great creativity of ideas for this town hall. Let's not aim too low in discussing what can be done. Tib Tusler, Board member, JLDA

    April 8, 2014

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