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NOSH neighborhood guide:Oakland’s KoNo district
Nosh Weekly:  June 23, 2015 12:17 pm by Kate Williams

"We know that there’s more to East Bay dining than Temescal, Rockridge and the Gourmet Ghetto. NOSH’s neighborhood guides explore the best of the rest. This month, we explore Oakland’s Koreatown-Northgate neighborhood, also known as KoNo." 
Click here to read all about KONO's great dining opportunities.
Projects
Utility Box Art Project
See interviews with the artists and work in progress, in this video produced by Laney College Digital Media Club. Go on a self-guided tour of the Art Boxes with our neighborhood map. A big thanks to all the artists: Fulani Carter, Eddie Colla, Jack Eastgate, Stevan Guiterrez, Lisa Hoffman, Dave Young Kim & Stephanie Leung, Joanne Ludwig, Pancho Peskador, David Polka, Lynne-Rachel Altman, Momoko Sudo, Ashia Tymous, and Desi Wome.
Our Merchants
Koreatown Northgate includes an important Korean-American commercial center, a creative arts community, Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center and other healthcare services, new residential projects including the Telegraph (old Sears) Lofts and a growing variety of multi-ethnic restaurants, shops and services that are working to revitalize the neighborhood.
Art Murmur & First Fridays
This uniquely Oakland event draws 20,000 people to the area. Be sure to check it out.

First Friday Economic Report


Taking KONO to the Next Level of Cleanliness and Care!
Adopt a Spot near your home, business or property and make things more beautiful by  regularly:
• picking up trash
• scraping stickers
• weeding the tree plots
• removing graffiti

• sweeping up the cigarette butts
We will give you a flyer with your name or your business name on it proclaiming your participation in the AdoptaSpot Program. You can post it in your window to show off your pride in taking care of the neighborhood. KONO would like to offer a HUGE thank you to Phat Matz BBQ for stepping up and Adopting their Spot at 3415 Telegraph Ave. 

Call or email Shari Godinez  to register and get your supplies today! (510) 343-5439

KONO is the neighborhood that defines the new Oakland.
This up and coming community has become the “unofficial” hub of arts and culture in the Bay Area, featuring the Oakland First Fridays Festival and Art Murmur Gallery Walk, which draws over twenty thousand attendees each month. Oakland has the second highest per capita of artists in the country and KONO is their home base. Along and with the arts, KONO features Oakland’s most popular craft beer gardens and pubs. Visit KONO to see what all the Oakland hype is about.
New Trees
The Sierra Club planted 12 new Brandywine maple trees on 25th Street on Saturday, making an immediate difference in the look and feel of the block. They intend to plant more trees along the south side of the block in the fall. These trees were paid for by a grant from CAL FIRE. KONO was able to connect Sierra Club with volunteers from Embrace Church to help with the planting. 
Mosaics on Trash Cans
We have applied to two grants for this project and seeking other funding. Mosaics on the trasch cans are a great way to beautify the district and the project has been a success in local areas such as Temescal, Montclair, and Old Oakland. The artist I am interested in using has been excited about the prospect of doing this project in the KONO district. He has also done mosaics on trashcans in Temescal and Old Oakland. This local artist has been working with tile for 25 years and is invested in community transformation especially with his work on trashcans. He often creates the mosaics with a nature scene and wildlife which is refreshing in a concrete, urban environment and symbolizes an evolving neighborhood. As he says, “I’m turning a trashcan, which is normally an eyesore into something beautiful for everyone…I’m transforming trash into treasure.” Beautifying the trashcans elevates the artistic presence of the neighborhood and fosters pride in the district. They are representative of KONO’s renaissance and emergence of the arts, culture and environmental consciousness.