How do you envision the future of Auto Row? The City is looking to find out on Thursday, at the first in a series of public workshops for the Broadway Retail Corridor Specific Plan.
Funded by a grant from the MTC, and guided by the Conley report’s (PDF) vision of a destination retail hub, the specific plan (one of three specific plans the City is currently conducting) will guide future development along the Broadway corridor between West Grand and 580.
I strongly recommend anyone interested in the future of this neighborhood or attracting retail to Oakland attend Thursday’s meeting. It will be from 6:00 to 8:00 on May 7th at the First Presbyterian Church at 2619 Broadway. Afterwards, you may want to stick around and enjoy meal at one of the area’s exciting new restaurants – Mua, Ozumo, Pican, Vo’s, that place I can’t remember the name of. Or the less new, but no less exciting to have around Luka’s, Franklin Square Wine Bar, Shashamane, and Z Café. The neighborhood’s got dinner down. Now if only there were a place to buy a pair of stockings.