The Oakland Voices correspondents went out into their neighborhoods to survey what was there and what wasn’t — grocery stores, liquor stores, churches, parks. They came back with some insightful observations about community and belonging and some discoveries about places they thought they knew. Read their stories below.
I haven’t walked around the surrounding blocks of my home in years. Until I got this assignment, I hadn’t realized that. I have very nostalgic memories of my Havenscourt neighborhood. I’ve lived in and known this place since I was born. My perception was that it’s changed quite a bit since then; crime has increased, […]
Growing up in “Deep East” Oakland, we always heard about “the Hills” and how “they lived in the Hills and we lived in the Flats.” “They” were the proverbial other: affluent and white. Now, I am a resident of “the Hills.” Towering over my neighborhood is the Oakland California Temple, also known as the Mormon […]
It will be two years in November, just long enough to love where I live. It was a cold winter night when I first walked up the steps of the multi-family house. At the time, the upstairs unit included three rooms, one rented by my current roommate, a mother and son shared a room […]