temescalBay seniors whose attention spans are too short to deal with shopping in megamalls might want to step into Oakland’s charm-filled Temescal Alley where the shops are barely larger than closets. Just around the corner from Pizzaiola you’ll find a dozen stores offering ethnic jewelry, mid-century home furnishings, mens and womens clothing, donuts, a barbershop where shaves cost $30, a bookstore with maybe 2 dozen volumes, a café, and a succulent shop. All life’s vital necessities. Speaking of urban renewal, the Geezer was amused to read that the zillionaire founder of Zappos is creating a new citified section of Las Vegas which he plans to model after Valencia Street.

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