Urban Transformation - Accomplishments
Recent Accomplishments
  • 70 new Pedestrian Street Lights installed along Telegraph Ave and 52nd Street; used TTBID funds to leverage funds from the City and CalTrans and completed the project below budget

  • 100 Pole Banners the length of the entire District with interchangeable themes

  • Sidewalk sweeping on a regular schedule; regular removal of illegal dumping and graffiti on public property, tapping into City resources whenever possible

  • Gateway Signage installed at the most heavily travelled entry points to the district

  • Annual special event programming and underwriting, including: 
•  Temescal Street Fair, which is one of the City’s leading community events 
•  Taste of Temescal, which benefits our local schools and non-profits 
•  Summer Street Cinema, Art Hop, Halloween Stroll, and other holiday events
  • Whimsical mural, “Temescal Flows” at the 51st Street / Hwy 24 / BART underpass connecting Children’s Hospital to the District and effectively removing blight

  • 100 planters installed and maintained on Telegraph Avenue, half funded by public funds

  • 50 artistic murals and banners installed at the PG&E substation at Shattuck and 52nd St; 5 murals at the Kelly Moore Building at 4156 Telegraph; all the murals produced by students at California College of Arts

  • 45 trash cans transformed into eclectic art projects with mosaic tile

  • 14 utility boxes decorated to abate graffiti, with art inspired by Peralta School children

  • District website created and enhanced to optimize social media marketing opportunities and let emerging businesses know of occasional commercial vacancies

  • Cohesive management and advocacy to ensure the District receives baseline City services to the fullest extent possible

  • Since the BID’s formation, sales tax revenues in the district have risen 40%, in spite of a 4% decline for Oakland as a whole!

“After 36 years in Temescal, I am witness to a renaissance. We started with a 15% to a present 1% vacancy at this time. I am so pleased that I supported the Temescal Telegraph BID formation. I am equally pleased to have had Darlene lead the charge for Temescal’s transformation!”
Randy Reed, Owner, Reed Brothers Security
A leap of faith brought me to Temescal 15 years ago. Since the BID’s existence, I’ve seen heightened consistency in the district’s maintenance, streetscape enhancements, and eclectic complimentary businesses emerge, reassuring me that Temescal was the right location for my flagship restaurant” Dona Savitsky Doña Tomas
“I’m excited to be a 30 year resident and watch Temescal emerge as a vibrant, artsy neighborhood with popular restaurants and shops. The quality of life has increased dramatically. It is in large part attributable to the existing BID”. Bill Lambert Resident

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Darlene Rios Drapkin
District Revitalization & Management