Good hard-nosed journalism told from the perspective of those most impacted by issues and systems have disappeared in cities like Oakland. Daily newspapers like the Oakland Tribune have been pulled out of cities by media conglomerates. Neighborhood publications and alternative weeklies have long shuttered, or a skeleton of their former selves. At a time when cities like Oakland are in an economic and social “renaissance”, municipal governments, school districts, transportation boards, and private capital are navigating this new terrain with little public oversight. in-a(d)vance seeks to narrow the gap of information and of the chasm of power.