This week has turned into a photo marathon. I've taken 200+ pictures daily for the past three days. We'll see what tomorrow brings.
Anyhow, The title is a reference to East Oakland's numbered avenues that make up its grid. A common source of confusion for visitors is that there are two number grids in Oakland: Avenue and street. When I'm giving directions to an out-of-towner, I have to make sure to add "60th st by the Berkeley border" as opposed to just 60th st because they could just as easily wind up on 60th Ave & International depending on what their GPS makes of the directions. The street grid in the western and northern part of the city continues into East Oakland, but they begin with east (for example: E. 27th st).
The 20's, known more popularly among East Oakland's youth as the Dubs, are in my humble opinion home to some of Oakland's best Victorian architecture. It is interesting then, that they're effectively a forsaken part of town with only a few exceptions, namely the Reservoir Hills (and Jingletown if you consider it to be part of the 20's). The rest of the 20's, while architecturally one of Oakland's most interesting areas, is also one of its more impoverished. While the murder rate has successively declined in recent years, its full nickname remains the "Murder Dubs". Part of the problem is that it's too far away from the lake for any outsiders to venture into it, and it's certainly far enough into East Oakland to carry the stigma. Interestingly, the 20's also the most diverse area out of the three in this thread; blacks, hispanics and asians are all well-represented throughout, and whites are well-represented in the Reservoir Hills, Meadow Brook and Tuxedo. There's been a recent influx of whites into the Oak Tree neighborhood closer to Fruitvale but it remains to be seen whether this trend will continue.
The 30's are home to Oakland's largest Latino district, Fruitvale, among other neighborhoods. While I've already covered Fruitvale in another thread, this is the first time I've photographed anything between Foothill & International (the St. Elizabeth neighborhood) and before I hadn't gotten as in-depth into the Fruitvale & International strip.
The 10's (in which I'm including 1st Ave to 19th Ave) are home to East Oakland's New Chinatown district. Although I've also covered Clinton before, this thread is centered around the area of Clinton between Foothill Blvd and E. 20th as opposed to International Blvd and E. 12th from the last thread.
With that being said, pictures 2-6 of the Reservoir Hills are from two weeks ago.
Rancho San Antonio
St. Elizabeth (Fruitvale)
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