Downtown Oakland


My husband and I are moving back to Oakland this summer, which for those of you not familiar with the Bay Area, is just across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. (We moved from San Francisco in 2003 because I just couldn’t take one more cold, foggy summer.)

I have a real love for Oakland, and I’ve been so happy to see it getting more attention- with the up-and-coming neighborhood of “Old Oakland” and that article in the NY Times a few weeks ago about Oakland being the ‘Brooklyn’ of San Francisco- and vice versa.

I’m especially fond of the old theatres- the Paramount, which is a shrine to Art Deco and The Fox Theatre, which will be done with it’s renovation later this year. The Paramount offers a tour once a month, and I highly recommend it if you’re into architecture. I’m dying to check out the Fox when it’s complete…

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{the fox theatre, from pbo31′s flickr album}

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{all paramount theatre photos from halberst’s flickr album}

Downtown Oakland is really pretty cool if you’re obsessed with old buildings like I am. Some of my favorites:

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{the cathedral building, which is being renovated into gorgeous lofts, photo by pbo31′s flickr album}

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{the oakland tribune tower, photo from tellumo’s flickr site}

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{a building on my favorite block of old oakland, photo from soleilcourant’s flickr album}

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