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Driving in Oakland

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Driving in Oakland

How is driving in Oakland - traffic and parking wise? Any areas that should be avoided?

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11. Re: Driving in Oakland

To clarify, I described the West and East Oakland neighborhoods using very easy to identify borders. It is hard to miss elevated freeways and large boulevards with freeway exits!

And Sarita, sorry to say, but West Oakland still has a long way to go. It is fine as long as you stick to main streets, like I said, but I would never recommend anyone--especially someone unfamiliar with the block-by-block issues of the neighborhood--venture onto side streets. There are very real dangers present in West Oakland, and it is unrealistic, for example, for a visitor to know where the Acorn housing development is and why it should be avoided.

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12. Re: Driving in Oakland

I agree that visitors would not want to stroll around the project areas at night in West Oakland or any city, but West Oakland is large and diverse. Visitors may have friends or relatives living in West Oakland, and may be dismayed to learn that the entire area is a danger zone. Visitors may want to attend an event at The Crucible or the American Steel Studios, dine at Brown Sugar Kitchen (which has a delicious brunch and long lines), take a class at Trapeze Arts, visit one of the numerous small businesses there, just walk around, or take a West Oakland tour which is apparently offered. No one should be discouraged from doing any of that because it is just not unsafe. True it won't be at the top of the stereotypical tourist's agenda, if there is such a person, but others might enjoy the funky charm and vibrancy of a historical neighborhood undergoing rapid restoration, or, as some might say, gentrification. And stop in at Revolution Cafe while you are down there.

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