Oakland Chinatown For many new Chinese immigrants, Chinatown becomes one of their favorite grocery shopping center. On one hand, it is because people can communicate with people easily since their English is not good. Even though unlike in China, people cannot bargain when they buy groceries at Chinatown, but at least they can find what… [Continue Reading]
By Sabirah Mustafa – I began my journey through my family’s neighborhood in the Lake Merritt area of East Oakland. My starting point was on Lester Avenue. This diverse, working-to-middle class, ethnically mixed neighborhood, is what I’d like to call the “Oakland Riviera”. The name might seem misleading, because depending on which direction you walk, you might also find blight as well. Located within a three-block area of Lake Merritt, there is plenty of contrast – so much so that at times my journey felt like I crossed city limits into an entirely different town.
By Michael Holland – The overall health of the area in my opinion is poor. From diesel fumes, loud music, questionable people hanging out on corners, closed businesses, and a wealth of discounted cigarettes, the hope lies only in the fact that people going to work during the week will attract services in the future.