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Old Posted May 6, 2019, 10:44 PM
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Oakland - Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt is an urban park/wildlife refuge in downtown Oakland. Its wetlands were used as a fishing and hunting grounds for many years by Native Americans, until it was settled by the Spanish Army. It became the city's sewer in the 1850s, until 1870, when Mayor Samuel Merritt cleaned it up. Many migratory birds returned, which attracted hunters, but Merritt protected the birds, and turned it into North America's first wildlife refuge. As Oakland urbanized, the wetlands were eventually converted to a park with running paths, a small children's theme park, and recreational boating. Despite this, the lake still features a healthy year-round population of birds.

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Bellevue-Staten Building - built in 1929, a blend of Art Deco and Spanish Colonial




Cleveland Heights neighborhood








Mission Revival pergola - built in 1913














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Old Posted May 8, 2019, 1:31 AM
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Love that area! When I’m in the Bay Area I typically stay with friends who live in Oakland. I always enjoy spending my time around Lake Merritt!
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Great photos. Love Lake Merritt.
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Old Posted May 9, 2019, 12:09 AM
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Beautiful area, I would live in this area if ever I had to move up north.
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Nice pics of an area not frequently shown!
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Very nice!
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Awesome pics!! Never seen this part of Oakland!!
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Old Posted May 14, 2019, 7:30 AM
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Nice set of pictures, I like that guy who is standing there on the woods!
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City Beautiful

So Oakland has undergone a general reappraisal in recent years:

1. From "Mad-Max-Meets-Foxy-Brown City" to NYTimes' game-changing "Brooklyn by the Bay.

2. From "troubled city" to LA Times' Hipster Haven.

3. From TRUMPski's racist "worst city" to National Geographic's Most Interesting City to Visit in 2019.

Well, Oakland is Brooklyn by the Bay in the imagination of multiracial millennials.

Oakland is, for better and worse, THE Hipster Haven non-pareil.

Oakland's hot multicultural culinary scene, and its wildly creative and multiracial arts, crafts, film, music communities, do make it one very interesting city.

But one thing that still hasn't gotten its proper due...

Oakland is ––after all the ink and digi cliches on its remaining "grittiness," "authenticity," "inner city landscapes"–– in many ways and places, a strikingly handsome, even beautiful city.

Oakland. City Beautiful.
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Such a great area, thanks for sharing!
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