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Is There A Darktown/Chinatown Brawl In The Making In Oakland?

The question of the day is what, exactly, are the official geographical boundaries of Oakland’s proposed downtown-area Black Cultural Arts and Business District (BCABD)? While I once thought I knew, but now I find myself completely confused on the subject.

As many of you already know, the BCABD was the creation of Oakland City District 3 Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, who brought the idea of the district into being for the stated purpose of nurturing and highlighting the cultural and business efforts of African-Americans, Africans, and African Diasporans (the Caribbean, Brazil, et. al) within the confines of downtown Oakland. The district was approved by the Oakland City Council early in 2016 under the name Black Arts Movement and Business District (BAMBD). Ms. McElhaney’s office later unofficially changed the name to BCABD, but it’s the same district, with the same goals and makeup.

That brings us back to the question of the what are the geographical boundaries of the district, by whatever name it is called. Because those boundaries seem to change depending upon which document from Ms. McElhaney’s office you look at. [To Complete Column]