Latham Square, the long-dormant plaza at the intersection of Broadway and Telegraph Ave. in downtown Oakland, is back open after three years of construction.
Decked with flower beds, trees, a storm water drain system and a century-old fountain that spouts water for the first time in 75 years, the triangular piece of land is four times its original size.
Mayor Libby Schaaf touted the project as a public investment that enhances other improvements to the neighborhood, among them the restoration of Latham Square building and the former Roos Brothers department store at 1500 Broadway.
The new square is part of an ongoing beautification effort to draw more businesses and foot traffic downtown. Uber’s new headquarters will open just blocks away in 2017.
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