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Michael Macor / The Chronicle

Looks like former Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown’s 10K Housing Initiative has really paid off. Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood  was recently named the number one “great neighborhood” in the country by the American Planning Association.

“Part of former Mayor Jerry Brown’s 10K Housing Initiative, the Uptown Area Residential Project embodied values of both the city and local residents,” explained the national planning and development nonprofit. “The project design took advantage of its proximity to public transportation and created a transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with a variety of housing options.”

In fact, in a recent SFGate piece, Oakland realtors named Uptown as one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods, with young singles and even retirees “rushing” to the area. Brand-new condos are mixed in with homes in repurposed historic buildings (such as the unique Uptown penthouse in the gallery above) and the neighborhood can now command $1 million-plus pricing. Read more