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When Newspapers Reigned Over Downtown
The Oakland Tribune--a once-influential newspaper controlled for decades by the Knowland family and later purchased by editor/publisher Bob Maynard, becoming the first African-American-owned major metropolitan daily--no longer occupies its landmark tower. The paper moved to a faceless industrial park near the Oakland airport in 2007. But the Tribune Tower, despite the advent of sleek and bulky high-rises nearby, still illuminates, and imparts a certain historic grandeur to, the downtown Oakland skyline.
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