Thank you for your support of the new community gathering space at Latham Square Plaza! Scroll down to sign our petition if you haven’t already.
Latham Square Final Decision on January 7 – Be There!
On the evening of January 7, the City Council will be deciding on the permanent fate of the 1500 block of Telegraph. Please mark your calendars for January 7 and come speak out for a pedestrian-friendly Latham Square that evening at City Hall!
Thanks to your support, the Rules Committee of the City Council has asked that all options for Latham Square be on the table at this meeting – a full closure to cars, a partial closure, or the restoration of two-way traffic (with a new traffic signal that would increase car and big-rig use of the street). Your emails and statements at the Public Works Committee meeting on Tuesday were instrumental in keeping the plaza option for Latham Square alive – but we need your help for a victory at the full Council.
In addition to coming to the City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 7, at 6pm, can you please share the petition in support of Latham Square Plaza with your friends, coworkers and neighbors? Show the level of support for the plaza by directing people to this page, LathamSquarePlaza.com, to sign the petition below.
And when you hang out in Uptown, please tell businesses that you support the Square. There is a lot of miscommunication about the economic effects and the support for the plaza among merchants, and hearing from customers matters more to entrepreneurs than hearing from the City.
Help make Uptown better this holiday season by:
- Attending the January 7 City Council Meeting, at 6pm (more specific time to come, it may be late at night)
- Sending the petition at LathamSquarePlaza.com to your friends, neighbors and coworkers for them to sign
- Tell the salesperson, waiter or bartender when you are in Uptown that you support the Plaza at Latham Square
Thank you for what you’ve already done – we have made good progress. With people power, we can win and have a pedestrian-friendly Latham Square.
We the undersigned urge the Oakland City Council to embrace the vision of a pedestrian-oriented downtown and create a car-free plaza at the entrance to Telegraph Avenue, Latham Square. A pedestrian plaza would:
- Increase access to Uptown and City Center
- Slow traffic on Telegraph, improving pedestrian safety
- Respect the historic heritage of the Latham Square Fountain
- Improve traffic flow on Broadway
- Better connect Uptown to the rest of Downtown
- Put people before cars, for once