People & Places

Best Reinvigoration of a Public Space

Lake Merritt may be the jewel of Oakland, but until fairly recently, it didn't...

Best Place for an Afternoon Stroll

Despite the spooky overtones, the Mountain View Cemetery is a beautiful spot to stroll...

Best Politician Against All Odds

With her commitment to grassroots politics and social justice, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin has...

Best Pick-Up Spot

Arbor Cafe in Temescal was designed for communing, both with your computer and your...

Best Place to Watch Fire-Spinning

Once a smelting plant, the sprawling steampunkian splendor of the Vulcan Lofts is home...

Best Nostalgia Portal

If you're jonesing for a bit of childhood nostalgia, check out the East Bay's...

Best Place to Make Out

The Lawrence Hall of Science is, for the most part, known for its kid-friendly...

Best Local Hero

In an area where local, organically grown food seems to be the province of...

Best Place to Geek Out Over Beers

There's a lot you can do over beers, but most people's lists probably don't...

Best Charity

“Books are a uniquely portable magic,” Stephen King once said, and anyone who has...

Best Place to Brush Up on Local History

Probably one of the more underused resources in the East Bay (except by academics...

Top Cop Who Most Gets It

In many cities across America — including Oakland — there is a deep-seated distrust...

Best Beard

In some circles, Max Ogden is kind of famous. After skipping college, the young...

Most Unexpected Patch of Greenery

There are many lovely urban parks in the East Bay, but some of our...
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