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Variety of convenient shopping districts
From neighborhood-serving stores to unique ethnic shops to upscale boutiques, Oakland has it all!
Oakland's 55 shopping districts vary from quiet, tree-lined streets to bustling commercial corridors. Parking is plentiful, inexpensive and there is no mall congestion to endure. Find a world of gifts and products throughout Oakland - the most culturally and ethnically diverse city in America.
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For more information on Oakland shopping districts, visit Shop Oakland.
For the latest scoop on great places to eat and shop as well as fun things to do in Oakland, stop by Oakland Grown and Visit Oakland.
Oakland Business Improvement District Program
Business Improvement Districts, also known as Community Benefit Districts, are self-imposed assessment districts established by a majority vote of licensed businesses and/or property owners in the district. These assessments pay for maintenance, security, management and physical improvements beyond those normally provided by the City. Since the approval of the Lakeshore Avenue Business Improvement District in 1998, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have been important partners in the economic development of Oakland. All across the city, BIDs have had a tremendous impact in maintaining and enhancing the vitality of the areas they serve. The BIDs have made valuable contributions to Oakland neighborhoods including enhanced collaboration between property owners and businesses to keep their areas competitive.
Oakland's ten BIDs represent approximately 4,100 commercial, residential property owners and merchants and add $4 million in additional public and private assessment funding towards enhanced services in various Oakland commercial corridors. The City of Oakland facilitates the creation of business improvement districts; upon formation, the City works with the districts to fulfill their district management plans and provides oversight of the district operations.
The City provides technical assistance for merchants and property owners to establish Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in neighborhood commercial areas.
BIDs are self-imposed assessment districts established by a majority vote of licensed businesses and/or property owners in the district. These assessments pay for maintenance, security, management, and physical improvements beyond those normally provided by the city.
Oakland’s nine BIDs represent approximately 1,900 business and property owners in these districts (with year of incorporation):
Downtown Oakland (2008)
Jack London (2013)
Lake Merritt/Uptown (2008)
Lakeshore/Lake Park (2003)
Temescal/Telegraph Avenue (2004)
Highlights of Oakland BIDs’ accomplishments:
- Improved safety and cleanliness: security patrols, security and cleaning ambassadors, leadership in Merchant Watch and Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils, sidewalk cleaning and graffiti abatement
- Stronger relationships with City of Oakland staff in Economic & Workforce Development, Police, Public Works.
- Production of dozens of annual events, including street fairs, seasonal festivals, farmers markets, restaurant walks.
- Enhanced landscaping, seating, sidewalks, pedestrian crossings.
- Increased communication with businesses, residents, shoppers and media via newsletters, websites and news releases--numerous mentions in local, regional and national publications.
For more information on BIDs, contact Aliza Gallo at email@example.com or (510) 238-7405.
Oakland Merchants’ Leadership Forum
The Oakland Merchants’ Leadership Forum (OMLF) provides a cohesive voice for more than 40 merchant organizations in Oakland.
By bringing together the efforts of Oakland’s many small business associations to develop policies and strategies that benefit neighborhood business districts, OMLF increases economic development, community pride and civic participation.
Urban Design/Streetscape Improvements
The goal: to create pedestrian-friendly streets in neighborhood commercial districts. Improvements include sidewalk extensions at crosswalks and intersections, pedestrian scale streetlights, streetlamp banners, trees, landscaped medians, and coordinated street furniture.
For information on grants for individual storefront building improvements, click here to view information on the facade and tenant grant programs.
For more on retail in Oakland, click here to visit our Retail page.