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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Uber Takes Oakland

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 10:18 AM

click to enlarge Uber's new Oakland HQ (formerly the Sears building) was tagged on May 1. - JULIA CARRIE WONG
  • Julia Carrie Wong
  • Uber's new Oakland HQ (formerly the Sears building) was tagged on May 1.

You may have noticed an atmospheric disturbance last night at 7:12 p.m. Did you feel a tingle in your spine? Glimpse a strange shadow in your peripheral vision? Find yourself seized with the desire to open your windows or burn sage? 

Coyotes howled. Dogs whimpered. Children cried. Cats did nothing, but they are cats. 

At 7:12 p.m. last night the news broke that Uber is moving to Oakland. RIP Oakland

The San Francisco Business Times got the story first, reporting that the giant transportation network company will be taking over all 330,000 square feet of office space at the former Sears building at 19th and Broadway.  

The San Francisco Chronicle then published, unpublished, and republished news that Uber actually bought the building. Uber plans to move in by 2017. 

According to the Biz Times, the newly renovated building will feature a "a rooftop strewn with picnic tables and fire pits." It's unclear whether longtime Oaklanders will be allowed to huddle around the fire pits for warmth after the Uberpocalypse sweeps through the East Bay housing market. 

Rest in power, Oakland. We may not have loved you well, but we sure will miss you when you're gone. 

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Julia Carrie Wong

Julia Carrie Wong's work has appeared in numerous local and national titles including 48hills, Salon, In These Times, The Nation, and The New Yorker.

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