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On a recent morning, about 45 Castlemont High School students fanned out across the parking lot of the Oakland Coliseum Complex, taking pictures, writing notes, and making observations about what they saw.
The students are part of Castlemont’s sustainable urban design academy, where they learned elements of architecture, engineering, urban planning, and ecology and collaborated on projects to improve their neighborhoods in deep East Oakland. A few years ago, students from the academy worked with the Black Cultural Zone when the group was planning Liberation Park, an outdoor community space near Foothill Boulevard and 73rd Avenue that offers a skating rink and farmers market. Now, students in Lillian Jacobson’s 11th-grade urban ecology class are partnering with the African American Sports and Entertainment Group (AASEG) to reimagine how the grounds can better serve the surrounding communities.
“I try to do projects that are real and will actually have an impact,” Jacobson said. “What could we design that would actually improve the community without displacing people?”
Specific details about the redevelopment plans haven’t been released, but AASEG is considering affordable and market-rate housing, culture and arts offerings, hotels, sports and entertainment venues, and other businesses. AASEG members hope to revitalize the area by creating thousands of jobs.
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Very unique stuff happening right now:
Here's a sentence that has never been written before and won't ever be written again: A baseball team just finished a perfect game with a walk-off hit in the eighth inning.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 14, 2023
Puerto Rico 10, Israel 0
Four pitchers combine for the first perfect game in WBC history. Mercy-rule win.
Love the confidence in himself:
"He feels like he should have been here years ago. ... He wants this moment."@vincebaseball thinks Shintaro Fujinami will be eager to prove himself this year for the A's https://t.co/2tu4hemxfc pic.twitter.com/ZbC0I4jyLQ— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) March 13, 2023
They love their “tea” in England…
At the WBC, things are going grea pic.twitter.com/KcRywTgr2T— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) March 13, 2023
And a solid day from some of the expected regulars:
A’S TODAY (3/13):— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) March 13, 2023
1B J.Aguilar 2-3, 2B, 4 RBI
CF E.Ruiz 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
3B J.Peterson 1-3, HR
SS N.Allen 2-3, RBI
LF C.Capel 2-3
RHP S.Fujinami 3 IP/4 H/4 ER/3 BB/7 K/Win
LHP K.Muller 4.1 IP/8 H/3 ER/1 BB/1 K
A’s win 8-7