Urban Transformation & Darlene Drapkin In The News
 




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A bright side in the 2016 election-New Store Front


A bright side in the 2016 election Urban Transformation worked with and unmotivated property owner (everyone has one in their hometown) and convinced him to lend the space to the city council candidate. Property owner didn't even want to fix the windows and wasn't inspired to even promote tenancy. For to omany excuses as to why he just let the building sit vacant. Amazing transformation with just two hours of TLC, a couple spray paint cans, and a touch of flowers. Several potential tenants took notice. It took dedicated stakeholders. Managed to convince the property owner to lease to a scooter store owner with a viable business plan. Sometimes you just gotta nurture and inspire property owners, one at a time. Stay tuned for more revitilization tales as Urban Transformation transforms 23rd Street, one building at a time!


What Turns Around A Neighborhood? We Asked An Expert in Urban Revitalization: Darlene Rios Drapkin.(East Bay Express)

North Oakland's sprawling Oasis Food Market calls attention to the area's burgeoning cluster of Middle Eastern shops and residents.North Oakland's sprawling Oasis Food Market calls attention to the area's burgeoning cluster of Middle Eastern shops and residents.


Oakland's Temescal Goes From Rundown to Reborn: How local merchants found success after years of work to attract new businesses and reshape their neighborhood. (Wall Street Journal)


Temescal Street Cinema energizes district: Temescal Street Cinema, an outdoor film series, helps encourage a sense of community in the neighborhood. "It's like taking back the streets, creating a community event at night," says Darlene.