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Old 03-04-2020, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I, too, prefer living in Oakland over SF. Better weather, less crowded, more diverse, slightly less expensive, easier to drive/park, etc.

Jade mentioned some great areas, but I somewhat disagree with her characterization of downtown. In the last few years, foot traffic has really picked up and the boundary between Uptown and Downtown has become blurred and the central part of the city seems more cohesive than ever. Jack London has way more people than it used to, and construction has really picked up in many areas close to downtown, and along the waterfront it's picking up steam, too.

I just don't see why anyone would want to live in SF if they could have a joke of commute, lower rent, and better weather in Oakland. It's not Manhattan or anything, but Oakland is a lot more urban and dense than people realize. Crime is way down, too...
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Old 03-04-2020, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I, too, prefer living in Oakland over SF. Better weather, less crowded, more diverse, slightly less expensive, easier to drive/park, etc.

Jade mentioned some great areas, but I somewhat disagree with her characterization of downtown. In the last few years, foot traffic has really picked up and the boundary between Uptown and Downtown has become blurred and the central part of the city seems more cohesive than ever. Jack London has way more people than it used to, and construction has really picked up in many areas close to downtown, and along the waterfront it's picking up steam, too.

I just don't see why anyone would want to live in SF if they could have a joke of commute, lower rent, and better weather in Oakland. It's not Manhattan or anything, but Oakland is a lot more urban and dense than people realize. Crime is way down, too...
I agree it is getting a lot better, and will feel connected when some more of the construction finishes up. I still think it sucks as a 7 day a week neighborhood though. It is really under-retailed and not that many things that aren't for eating and drinking are actually open on the weekend. So it doesn't feel neighborhood-y to me. Kinda like SOMA in that way!
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