The 1400 block of 9th Street in West Oakland isn’t as bad as it used to be. This area was once one of the worst areas in Oakland but that was prior to the double decked freeway collapsing in The Loma Prieta 1989 Earthquake. Now with that hulking concrete monster gone, urban gentrification has taken hold of this area and things are getting better.
Millennials from San Francisco are moving out of high priced there and settling here. It will always be West Oakland with all night liquor stores and high crime rates. Would I want to walk on these streets at night, hardly. I’m just thankful I don’t have to live here. Between the sounds of screeching BART trains starting their descent under the San Francisco Bay and the constant drone of traffic on 880 a stone’s throw away, that would drive me crazier than I am already. This too will pass