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The Oakland Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative (OSNI) is a project consisting of the City of Oakland and a variety of nonprofits in order to equitably develop the commercial and residential areas along International Boulevard, connected to the efforts to build a Bus Rapid Transit route by AC Transit. Workgroups consisting of these partners were convened to discuss housing, transportation, and economic development needs. The Urban Strategies Council supported this effort by gathering data to identify barriers and assets along the corridor related to safety, housing, blight, and economic activity.
Our aims were twofold: to illustrate the distribution and degree of the phenomena along the corridor as well as to highlight the corridor as a whole in comparison to the City and to create a series of working maps that could be marked-up in real life meetings. The packet of products linked to in this post includes a set of six foot long strip maps that span the nine-mile stretch of International Boulevard from Lake Merritt to the border of San Leandro. These maps use the assessor's parcels and city streets as their base. They also include the six major planning areas along the corridor as well as some possible opportunity sites.
We have always had a community data service available where we offer a limited amount of time to help CBOs, government staff and independent researchers find data, get that data, find maps or other technical work we may have produced or could put together very quickly. We just haven't made it really easy for you to know about that service- not by intention, just because it was never highlighted anywhere on our websites. We're now fixing that omission.
If you are a nonprofit, government, or community member working to improve Oakland or the East Bay, we’re here to help. If after reviewing our website (http://urbanstrategies.org AND http://infoalamedacounty.org), you haven’t found what you need, please fill out the form below.
We’ll contact you as quickly as we can after we receive your request, at which point, we will work to help you find the best data to meet your needs. We can provide eligible requestors with half an hour of free assistance.
We usually get an answer to folks in just a couple days, but if the request is particularly complex it could take longer.
Next time you're struggling to find a map or dataset for Oakland or Alameda County in particular, know that you're welcome to contact us and we'll help to the extent we can- we do have gobs of data and maps and we're happy to simply connect you to the right person if we're not in possession of the right thing.
The digital divide is a very real and very stable reality in communities like Oakland, California. Knowing which neighborhoods have solid access to high speed internet is a critical aspect of planning for government and nonprofit provided online services- if we want low income folks from Oakland’s flatlands to use a new digital application, we’d damn sure better know how many households in the target areas likely have decent speed internet hookups at home! Luckily for us the FCC collects reliable data on this and they publish it freely at a local level.
The Oakland Reads 2020 Baseline Report, released today, finds that fewer than half of OUSD third graders were reading proficiently over the last three years. Only 38% of third graders were reading proficiently in 2012-13. The Oakland Reads 2020 Baseline Report: An Examination of Pathways to Third Grade Reading in Oakland from 2010 to 2013, also finds that proficiency rates vary widely by race/ethnicity, gender, English Language and Special Education status. For instance, literacy outcomes in 2012-13 show that Asian students were twice as likely to read at grade level by third grade than Latino and African American students, and White students were nearly three times as likely.
The Oakland Reads 2020 (OR2020) campaign, an initiative of the Oakland Literacy Coalition, aims for 85% or more of third graders to be reading at grade level by 2020. This new report was produced by Urban Strategies Council and was commissioned by the Rogers Family Foundation for OR2020, a multi-sector collaborative effort combining the strength of the Oakland Unified School District, the City of Oakland, city and county agencies, community based organizations, and funders. It is part of the national Grade-Level Reading Campaign which includes more than 130 communities across the U.S.
As part of our work in supporting the Alameda County Violence Prevention Initiative we recently produced an update of our county Violence Fact Sheet. According to the 2012 uniform crime reports, Alameda County had higher rates of violent crime than California and the Nation. Over the past decade, 2003 to 2013, Alameda County has become increasingly violent while violent crime rates have decreased statewide. A majority of violent crimes continue to occur in Oakland. Although only a quarter of the County's population reside in Oakland, 68% of all violent crimes are reported in Oakland
2012 was a year of increased violence in Alameda County. Compared to 2000, the rate of reported violent crimes in the County has increased by 25% and is close to the 12 year high of 818 reports per 100,000 residents.