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Oakland’s “Uptown” Named Country’s Best Neighborhood 2014

Oakland’s Uptown was named the country’s “Best Neighborhood” for 2014 by the non-profit American Planning Association — and the only neighborhood in California to make the list.

The news comes as “no surprise” to Michael LeBlanc, owner/founder, Picán. “We saw a huge opportunity here for us in 2008 when we were looking for a site for Picán,” he said.  “The area is ethnically diverse, culturally and artistically relevant with theaters and galleries, is entrepreneurially significant, with everything from ‘mom and pop’  businesses to tech startups and the occasional corporate HQ that give it a ‘Main Street’ feel in the middle of an urban environment. It offers major transit, has a great deal of pedestrian traffic bolstered by signature events such as Art Murmur’s ‘First Fridays,’ which we participate in…it’s a hip environment that is a magnet for young singles and couples and it’s also a friendly, safe urban environment that appeals to retirees. Uptown has something for everyone, and Picán has seen this trending in its guest profile over the past year and a half.”