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Old 01-23-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I used to work at 20th & Harrison (Kaiser building), and didn't think the area was that terrible -- at least during daylight hours. I lived in Alameda, then moved to SF; the reverse commute wasn't too bad, though the Bay Bridge is ALWAYS backed up westbound, even during the evening rush.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Oakland CA
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My company was based in that area for a while. Its very pleasant, and despite some instances its actually safer than the financial district in SF. Broadway itself seems a little desolate but the area on telegraph and further up to Grand are very trendy.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:26 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Again, note to people asking about Oakland or any area for that matter. Pay attention to people who've actually lived and/or worked in the area.

Anyway, 22nd and Broadway is smack in the middle of downtown Oakland and maybe two blocks from the 19th St. BART exit (just so you get a sense of foot traffic in the area.) It's not some high crime area. That area actually has the monthly Art Murmur. My boyfriend and I met there after dark and walked around with a bunch of other people. The only unpleasant thing we had to deal with was loud music coming from the galleries and one crazy woman yelling at a man who was smoking. You actually get much worse in the city at events like that.

I agree that you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:54 PM
 
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Thank you to those who provided information.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:43 AM
 
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It's also one of the hot spots for restsurants. SF chefs are opening new venues there.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:21 PM
 
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I live close to that intersection. It's great. You're within a block of all these places:

Starbucks
Pican - upscale southern
Ozumo - upscale sushi
Plum and Plum Bar - upscale modern American
Punchdown - upscale casual wine bar
Ike's Lair - really good sandwiches
La Bonita Taqueria - good lunch spot
Luka's Taproom - neighborhood bar/restaurant with surprisingly good food
Era Art Bar and Lounge - bar and art gallery
Farley's East - hipster coffee bar and cafe
Hawker Fare - beloved hip rice bowl restaurant
El Burrito Gordo - great mission burritos
Vo's Restaurant - Vietnamese
Soprano's Pizzeria
Subway
Noble Cafe
Trueburger

and a lot more opening and in the surrounding area.

I think you'll be fine.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:30 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Look into Berkeley or Sf to live, much safer and a nice piece of mind.
The nice parts of Oakland are much more affordable than Berkeley or SF. Granted, there are reasons for that, but there's literally no good reason to pay the premium for SF.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Studio City, CA
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The nice parts of Oakland are much more affordable than Berkeley or SF. Granted, there are reasons for that, but there's literally no good reason to pay the premium for SF.
You get what you pay for
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:15 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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You get what you pay for
Until you can't, then you get an eviction notice.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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I live close to that intersection. It's great. You're within a block of all these places:

Starbucks
Pican - upscale southern
Ozumo - upscale sushi
Plum and Plum Bar - upscale modern American
Punchdown - upscale casual wine bar
Ike's Lair - really good sandwiches
La Bonita Taqueria - good lunch spot
Luka's Taproom - neighborhood bar/restaurant with surprisingly good food
Era Art Bar and Lounge - bar and art gallery
Farley's East - hipster coffee bar and cafe
Hawker Fare - beloved hip rice bowl restaurant
El Burrito Gordo - great mission burritos
Vo's Restaurant - Vietnamese
Soprano's Pizzeria
Subway
Noble Cafe


and a lot more opening and in the surrounding area.

I think you'll be fine.
I was at Pican tonight with relatives from Utah, Missouri and Melbourne, Australia...they loved it. Pretty lively in the neighborhood too. It wasnt too long ago that I would never spend an evening in downtown Oakland cause of the lack of restaurants and any nightlife but my how things have changed. I havent gone on a foodie excursion in th city in a while-not because sf is lacking but because Oakland offers so much now that my calendar is full.

Sorry for any errors as im on a phone
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