Insider's Guide

Preservation Park in Downtown Oakland Is an Oasis

Preservation Park is a sorta-secret urban oasis in downtown Oakland. Credits: Ronald Owens Downtown Oakland has...

Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist...

Long before Europeans arrived in the East Bay, oak trees allowed native Ohlone people...

Lake Merritt’s Weird, Polluted — And Stinky — Legacy

Possibly the strangest thing that ever happened on Lake Merritt was Eugene Frey’s test...

The Cemetery-Park: Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland is Also...

Quite possibly the most underrated park in Oakland is not really a park at...

Berkeley Is The Original Sanctuary City

President Trump’s vow to eliminate sanctuary cities by withholding federal funds has thrust this...

Havens for Cinema Junkies: The Legacy of East Bay...

It may be difficult to grasp in this era of multiple platforms for screened...

Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

If you’ve ever driven down Oakland’s Auto Row, you might have done a double-take...

Supporting Historical, Black-Owned Businesses

Though today's Oakland-Brooklyn comparisons draw ire for celebrating gentrification, before World War II, West...

Parks Begot by Frontier Mystics and Rebel Monks

Joaquin Miller once described the Bay Area as a "careless, languid Arcady," freighted with...

East Bay Old School

Known as much today for its gritty DIY spaces as its elegant performances venues,...

In Praise of Old Restaurants

In this age of infinite food blogs, carefully calibrated PR hype, and Yelp reviews...

The Appreciation of Art

For 23 years, Thelma Harris Gallery has been a burst of color on College...

Take a Tour of Oakland’s Most Impressive Murals

There is a crucial difference between spotting a mural on the way to work...

The Best East Bay Thrift Stores

One of my first jobs was cashiering and sorting at a thrift store. I...
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