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Stories and Tips Oakland

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Oakland’s Bahn Mi

Written by SeenThat on 03 Apr, 2012

Oakland is famed for being a workers’ enclave in the East Bay Area, but the first glimpses showed a different picture; spending a day there turned out being an enjoyable adventure. Cain had left me at his home and went to his business. We…Read More


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Amtrak - OKJ - Oakland Jack London Square

Written by panda2 on 19 Sep, 2004

Amtak OKJ for Oakland Jack London Square station. There's inside seating as you wait for your train, though not on the old wooden benches of yesteryear where people may stretch our and be able to take a nap. This station was built replacing the old…Read More


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Oakland Chinatown

Written by panda2 on 12 Sep, 2004

Oakland's Chinatown is roughly bound by 7th and 12th streets, southwest to northeast with Broadway, Franklin, Webster, Harrison, and Alice streets running southeast, and intersecting with the numbered streets. Pacific Renaissance Plaza represents the focal point, with several businesses, including Bank of America, Charles Schwab, several…Read More


Addressing Oakland's Bad Reputation

Written by spuguru on 07 Dec, 2000

Is Oakland safe? Unequivocably, yes. As in any big city, most of the crimes against persons (murder, robbery etc.) take place in poorer neighborhoods. The average person has no reason to head to the these areas; tourists will never see them! The only two remotely…Read More


Chabot Space & Science Center

Written by spuguru on 22 Jan, 2001

This amazing museum/planetarium/observatory/theater/workshop contains nearly anything and everything you wanted to learn about space. The full facility is open 10am - 5pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 12-5 Sunday. Additionally, Friday and Saturday nights have planetarium and theater showings and telescope viewings (weather permitting). Admission ranges…Read More


Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley

Written by Chad Bartlett on 07 Jul, 2000

Bordering Oakland is Berkeley, a bibliophile's paradise. As a university town and famed home to '60s radicals (and a few holdouts), you might expect Berkeley to have an abundance of books. And it does. Within only a few blocks, you can find…Read More


Neldham's, Not Worth the Trip

Written by lbernhardt on 10 Nov, 2005

I visited Neldham's last weekend and was very disappointed. The service was terrible. There was a sign about taking a number on the counter but no numbers in evidence. The counter persons were rude and ignored me because I was not ready to order the…Read More


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Amtrak EMY - Emeryville

Written by panda2 on 22 Oct, 2004

Amtrak EMY-Emeryville is adjacent to the Emeryville Public Market connected by an overpass walkway. There's comfortable, cushioned seating indoors, but still not like the old wooden benches from the old black-and-white movies. The restrooms are for customers only and require a token for access from the…Read More


OAK - Oakland International Airport

Written by panda2 on 21 Sep, 2004

OAK-Oakland International Airport provides its own facilities to other destinations and is considered a secondary airport, along with San Jose, after SFO - San Francisco International Airport. It is indeed secondary compared to SFO. It's considerably smaller in size and traffic, and though it's expanded, still…Read More


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AC Transit

Written by panda2 on 20 Sep, 2004

AC Transit, serving the East Bay since 1960, operates in Alameda-Contra Costa counties: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, San Leandro, and San Pablo; unincorporated areas: Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, El Sobrante, Fairview, Kensington, Irvington, North Richmond, and San…Read More


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