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Hey Y'all. Back with another update. Today we're gonna take a look at "The Town" aka Oakland, CA. The jewel of the East Bay. Here we can see downtown and Lake Merritt, the heart and soul of Oaktown and where Oaklanders go to play.
The Bay Bridge brings people into Oakland, and terminates in industrial West Oakland. There are a lot of superfund sites here and it is very polluted.
The BART comes up above ground in West Oakland, the black community that lives here historically lacked the political voice to get the rail line put underground, so above it went, doing a lot of damage to local businesses.
Here we have a shot of the West Oakland BART station. The neighborhood has a lot of historic Victorian homes, many of which are run-down and have become a haven for the area's punk rockers and artists. Jack London once lived in this neighborhood and in the 1940's the neighborhood became known as the "Harlem of the West" with an influx of African Americans looking for shipbuilding jobs during world war 2.
The Temescal District in North Oakland is home to the Town's hipster population. Historically, it was an Italian-American community and more recently, Ethiopians and Koreans have been moving in as well. It is known for it's mom and pop shops and friendly, village-like character.
Emeryville is a small, formerly industrial city next to Oakland that has been redeveloped into a pro-business bubble in the notoriously anti big-business Bay Area. Old factories are being converted into offices, or just being torn down and replaced with condominiums.
Downtown Oakland. Oscar Grant Plaza in front of City Hall was the site of the Occupy protests that ended in a controversial violent eviction.
Montclair is the wealthiest area of Oakland. Up in the hills, it houses mutlimillion dollar mansions. In 1991, big portions of the area were burnt down in the Oakland Hills firestorm, but have since been rebuilt.
Fruitvale in East Oakland is home to the City's Latino population. It also was the site of the 2009 murder of Oscar Grant by BART police, which led to protests and riots across the city.
Deep East Oakland is notorious for its late night sideshows. Where people go dumb and hyphy while doing wild tricks in their cars in intersections. Often, things get a little too wild and end in violence. Former mayor Jerry Brown tried to crack down on sideshows, but the Town likes to do what it do, and the movement continues.
Sequoyah in the East Oakland hills is home to Oakland's black professionals. Overlooking the poverty of the Deep East's flatlands, it is proof that Oakland is a dynamic city of contrasts.