So I’ve tried to back off the bitching about local newspapers lately, partly because there hasn’t been too much that I’ve found super annoying, but mostly because I’m trying to move the site in a less complainy direction.
But hey – it isn’t a blog if I don’t whine about the evils of the mainstream media at least occasionally, right?
The concept is more than a pretty artist’s rendering that the developer of the Jack London Square redevelopment, Ellis Partners LLC, first made in 2003 or 2004. (The dates start to run together in the minds of people engaged in a seven-year planning and permit process.)
What!? 2003 or 2004? They can’t remember? It would have been, what, too much work to take five seconds and look it up? Clearly, it’s too much to expect a reporter to glance at the date on the rendering rich 2003 Draft EIR (huge PDF!), but you’d think that maybe the quick search of the newspaper’s own archives that yields this 2003 story about the project wouldn’t have been too far beyond the call of duty. Seriously, why is that line there?
For anyone interested in how the project has developed over the past four years, but too lazy to do a Google search, I’ve compiled below a list of articles about the project that have been printed about it in local media:
- Oakland’s next course: food mecca: SFBT 9/26/2003
- Huge food market planned for Jack London Square: SF Chronicle 10/4/2003
- Neighbors fear waterfront changes: Oakland Tribune 3/2/2004
- Oakland still seeking a square deal: SFBT 10/22/2004
- Jack London Square Courts Foodies: East Bay Express 11/24/2004
- Developers return with fresh ideas: SFBT 11/28/2004
- Retail specialist hired to lease Jack London Square food hall: SFBT 12/9/2005
- No Link to Oakland project for big chains: SFBT 12/8/2006
- Back to Square One: East Bay Express 8/8/2007
- Oakland’s Harvest Hall will be mostly offices: SFBT 8/10/2007
- Oakland’s Jack London Market moves closer to reality: Oakland Tribune: 10/23/2007
- Ground broken for huge public retail market at Jack London Square: SF Chronicle 10/23/2007
I’m really glad they dropped that Chef’s Hall of Fame. Yikes!
Oh, and as long as I’m talking about Jack London Square, I may as well mention that Joie de Vivre is taking over Jack’s Bistro as of November 1st. Jack’s is…well, I’ll just say that it isn’t really my scene. But Joie de Vivre has a nice track record with restaurants, so this is very exciting. I’m not holding my breath for our very own Cortez or anything, but hopefully we’ll see a marked improvement after the renovation?