Over the last couple of years the city of Oakland has become home to numerous blogs discussing the pressing political, community, and economic issues of the day. These include Oakland Focus, A Better Oakland, Oakland Local, and Living in the O. These blogs provide a much needed space for everyday people in the city to connect to each other, engage in city life, and sadly fill the space of our lacking newspaper. I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about citizen journalism- on the one hand I think they provide an important look into how different people live and experience the city and on the other I feel like they too often mistake commentary with in depth journalism.
That said, last week I was invited to be a guest on OaklandSeen and had a great conversation with Aimee Allison on the state of Oakland. We had an interesting conversation on issues ranging from the city’s gang injunction to economic development opportunities for the city’s long term residents. Listen HERE and let us know what you think.