Since moving to California in 2011 I’ve come to love my adopted home in Oakland. In order to better cultivate my appreciation for this community I wanted to explore it a little deeper. Thanks to Azucena Rasilla and Pendarvis Harshaw for providing some inspiration via this amazing article featured on SF Curbed.
They named 101 things to love about Oakland. I plan to visit and photograph them all. Follow my adventure on instagram via the hashtag #101OaklandThings or check in on my story.
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Here is some feedback from one of the list’s creators, @ChroniclesOfAzu
Any place marked in red is one that I have actually visited & photographed.
101 THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT OAKLAND:
1. Right-field bleachers crew at the Oakland Coliseum.
2. Peralta Hacienda Historical Park.
3. Oakland California Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
4. Salsa by the Lake.
5. Spanish architecture on Cordova and Castello Streets.
7. Woodminster Cascades.
8. The dormant volcano in the Oakland Hills.
9. Friday nights at Oakland Museum of California.
10. Colonial Donuts.
11. Golf ball graveyard up Sausal Creek.
12. Oakland’s many pools.
13. People-watching at Fruitvale Village.
14. The Ladybug Hotel.
15. Preservation Park.
16. Musical theater at Woodminster Amphitheater.
17. Lobby interior of Fox Theater.
18. The Dunsmuir Hellman Estate.
19. The gnomes that live on utility poles around town.
20. Stomper statues.
21. The bathroom walls at Beer Revolution.
22. Jack London Square.
23. Heinold’s Last Chance Saloon.
24. Chabot Space Center.
25. The Pyramid to Moses.
26. Wildlife in Montclair Park’s pond.
27. The Seventh Street pier in San Leandro Bay harbor.
28. The 73rd Avenue “rollercoaster.”
29. The Camron-Stanford House.
30. Llamas at Redwood Regional Park.
31. The sign at the Grand Lake Theatre.
32. Funktown’s Buddhist shrines.
33. Mural of Andre “Mac Dre” Hicks.
34. Solano Alleyway.
35. Graffiti at The 23rd Yards.
36. Cypress Freeway Memorial Park.
37. The large, fake watermelon slice on the banks of the San Leandro Bay.
38. Black Panther Party plaque on the corner of 55th Street and Market Street.
39. Laney College Flea Market.
40. Day of the Dead Festival in Fruitvale.
41. Rooftop garden at the Kaiser Building.
42. Marijuana farmers market.
43. Seventh Street in West Oakland.
44. Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt.
45. “Leaving Piedmont” sign.
46. Morcom Rose Garden.
47. The Ghostbusters Building.
48. Merritt College classroom dedicated to Huey P. Newton.
49. Ceramic blue-and-red subway tiles at BART.
50. The oldest LGBTQ bar in the United States.
51. The Fortune Cookie Factory in downtown Oakland.
52. Tupac Shakur mural.
53. Elbo Room in Jack London Square.
54. Mountain View Cemetery.
55. 510 Day.
56. The interiors of St. Jarlath Catholic Church.
57. Boonation Bicycles’ tiny garage concert series.
58. Biking the Bay Bridge.
59. Gondola ride at the Oakland Zoo.
60. DeFremery Park (aka Lil’ Bobby Hutton Park).
61. Shooting hoops at Mosswood Park.
62. Painting workshops at Galeria Beso Maya.
63. Mansions of Piedmont, Montclair, and Rockridge.
64. The abandoned windmill in North Oakland.
65. Drummer Boy Aaron at the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Grand.
66. Humpty Hump’s giant head stuck in a garage in Jingletown.
67. Driveway Follies’ Halloween show.
68. Curling at the Oakland Ice Center.
69. The Made (Museum of Arts and Digital Entertainment).
70. Boating the perimeter of Lake Merritt.
71. DOPE Era by Mistah F.A.B.
72. Hiking around Lake Temescal.
73. Children’s Fairyland.
74. The East Bay Dragons.
75. Oakland Aviation Museum.
76. Christmas lights on Picardy Drive.
77. Circus classes at Kinetic Arts Center.
78. Coding classes at the David E. Glover Center.
79. An Oakland public library card.
80. Oakland’s secret stairways.
81. BART dance performances by Turf Feinz.
82. The sealed entrance to the Kennedy Tunnel.
83. The Black Cowboy Parade.
84. The 16th Street Station in West Oakland.
85. The Plan Bee mural on International Boulevard.
86. The Paramount Theatre.
87. Julia Morgan’s Chapel of the Chimes crematorium.
88. Cathedral Building.
89. Oakland’s Second Line Project.
90. TJ’s Gingerbread House.
91. White Elephant Sale.
92. Football games at McClymonds High.
93. The Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt.
94. The fruit trees.
95. Watching the fog roll in.
96. Tree swinging near the creek at Oak Glen Park.
97. Watch the scraper bikes roll by.
99. Foothill Walk of Fame.
100. It’s where the wave made its television debut.
101. Those metal creatures at the Port of Oakland.