The Jack London District of Oakland has a long and rich heritage. Encompassing more than seventy blocks (aerial map) along the Estuary, it is the site of much of Oakland's earliest history. Today, the district is one of the hottest locations for development in the East Bay. In addition to hundreds of apartments, condos and loft conversions built in the past few years, more than 300 new condos are under construction or in advanced planning in the district. A $300 million, 15-year redevelopment of Jack London Square is also under way. In order to ensure that development meets the needs of current and future residents and business owners, the Jack London District Association (JLDA) was formed in April 2005 as a non-profit organization. It was awarded 501(c)(3) non-profit status in July 2006. A copy of the IRS letter of determination is available for download.
GoalsJLDA will work to accomplish these goals:
- Represent all residents, property owners, business owners, and other stakeholders in the effort to promote positive relationships within the district and with municipal governments, public and private agencies, community-based and advocacy groups, and other interested persons regarding activities occurring in or relating to the district.
- Advocate for responsible planning and development activities within the district including but not limited to such proposals sponsored by the City of Oakland, the Port of Oakland, and private planning and land-use firms, wither individually or on the behalf of said agencies.
- Provide a venue for expanding positive social relationships and activities within the district.
- Educate the community-at-large regarding the historical, cultural, architectural, and natural heritage of the district.
- Ensure ongoing improvement, preservation, maintenance, and beautification of the district.