The Temescal Telegraph BID is planning to create a pedestrian plaza bounded by the 46th St, Shattuck Ave, Telegraph Ave and 45th St. The planned reconfiguration of this intersection would create a pedestrian plaza from the existing public sidewalk surrounding the Kasper’s building at 4521 Telegraph Ave, and expanding the area into a public plaza to include Shattuck Ave between 46th and 45th Streets, as well as 45th St between Telegraph and Shattuck Avenues. The purpose of this pedestrian plaza is to significantly improve traffic, bike and pedestrian safety, and create a welcoming public gathering place for the Temescal community.
The Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District hosted a return of Temescal Nights food trucks, presented by Food Truck Culture which started Monday, May 7th and ran every following Monday night for the summer months from 5-8pm. Locals from all around the Bay Area were delighted to come and try crunchy southern fried chicken sandwiches, bulgogi beef on bao buns, Fried cheese tacos and even black bean burgers served on a brioche bun with havarti cheese. After delicious meals, many finished it off with creamy frozen custard to start their week off right! Temescal Nights continued every following Monday with rotating food trucks, activities and music! The first week’s food trucks included Kenny’s Heart & Soul, Judie’s Tacos Locos, Culinary Cruiser, Street Steam Bunz and IzzyA’s Frozen Custard!
On May 12th, The Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District led a guided walking tour of Temescal’s public art in partnership with local artists, in celebration of the launch of the first ever Temescal BID Art Walking Map showcasing over 97 pieces of public art and galleries in the district! The Temescal District is home to beautiful murals, creative artwork on utility boxes, and mosaics on trashcans, along with galleries, sculptures, and even an artistic pocket park.
For over 10 years, the Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District (TTBID) has been trying to get the City of Oakland to repave Telegraph Ave. between 45th and 51st Streets. The City itself has ranked this street as one of the worst streets in the city (ranked as Poor/Failing at <30, when 100 is the top score). Now this stretch of Telegraph Ave is barely passable, with pedestrians and bicyclists hurt frequently, and causing costly repairs to vehicles. The hazardous state of the road is a threat to the safety of the Oakland community.