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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Nov. 20, 2017:

Downtown Oakland garage makes way for city’s largest residential tower
Published by the Mercury News on Nov. 17, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/17/downtown-oakland-garage-makes-way-for-citys-largest-residential-tower/
OAKLAND — Merchants Parking Garage will soon be no more as its demolition makes way for what will be the largest residential tower in Oakland.

Two Oakland universities announce intention to share single campus
Published by the Mercury News on Nov. 20, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/20/two-oakland-universities-announce-intention-to-share-single-campus/
Two longtime Oakland universities — Holy Names and Samuel Merritt — are considering the possibility of creating a single shared campus.

Mountain View Cemetery expansion OK’d by Oakland’s Planning Commission
Published by the East Bay Times on Nov. 20, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/11/20/mountain-view-cemetery-expansion-okd-by-oaklands-planning-commission/
OAKLAND — The Oakland Planning Commission approved a plan by Mountain View Cemetery leaders to expand, which means the cemetery will gain 6,500 plots but lose nearly 100 mature coastal live oak trees before replanting.

Oakland’s mayor wants YOU to house the homeless
Would you open your doors to Oakland’s homeless?
Published by the Mercury News on Nov. 21, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/21/oaklands-mayor-wants-you-to-house-homeless/
OAKLAND — For everyone who has ever passed one of this city’s sprawling homeless encampments and wondered how to help, Mayor Libby Schaaf has an answer — open your door to someone in need of shelter.

Oakland has 225 permit applications for cannabis delivery, cultivation, as city readies for Jan. 1 deadline
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Nov. 21, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/11/21/oakland-cannabis-permit-applications.html
The City of Oakland has more than 200 applications for business permits from entrepreneurs looking to open cannabis-related business by the state's Jan. 1 deadline for the legalization of recreational marijuana.

25 metro areas with the hottest housing markets
Published by USA Today on Nov. 21, 2017
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/real-estate/2017/11/21/25-metro-areas-hottest-housing-markets/879482001/
They say a good place is hard to find, but if you’re looking to live in one of these 25 metropolitan areas, that may feel like an understatement.

Oakland A's ballpark plan faces opposition from college students, faculty, many residents
Published by KTVU on Nov. 21, 2017
http://www.ktvu.com/news/oakland-as-ballpark-plan-faces-opposition-from-college-students-faculty-many-residents
They say a good place is hard to find, but if you’re looking to live in one of these 25 metropolitan areas, that may feel like an understatement.

Transit-Oriented Developments Underway in Oakland
Published by the Oakland Post on Nov. 23, 2017
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2017/11/23/transit-oriented-developments-underway-oakland/
The BART Board adopted a bold policy in June 2016 to encourage Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) on lands owned by BART.
Creating mixed use, commercial or housing developments at BART represents a smart strategy that improves the region’s quality of life, economy, and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Living and working near BART represents access to opportunity. 

Oak Knoll development may have affordable housing after all
Published by the East Bay Times on Nov. 24, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/11/24/oak-knoll-development-may-have-affordable-housing-after-all/
OAKLAND — After activists criticized the 900-home development at the former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital site for not including any affordable housing, it may end up offering some after all.