not worth the bother
oakland is ridden with very low economy areas, very large low economy areas.
this leads to uncomfortable energy due to angry, institutionalized population that has been
living there for a very long time, I mean generation upon generation. Many people who
either live there seem to oversee many gun battled deaths and many deaths that have been inflicted
on by standards who happened to be in the x fire btw gangs...do you really want to put yourself
in the possible situation?...I think not...so the folks who live there have no choice but to counter
act this very neg. reality of oakland because they live there, and because they couldn't otherwise
afford SF...sorry but this seems to be the case...
Oakland on most parts sucks except few areas like rockridge or piedmont, but otherwise it's a
I lived on 12th at Peralta for about a year. Everyone in the neighborhood seemed pretty nice. A lot of hello's and how's it going from guys over 30, but the kids seemed a little out of control. The first day I moved in our neighbor gave me a heads up on the neighborhood. The breakdown was pretty much "Keep an eye out. There will be a shooting within a few days." It wasn't so much a warning of his involvement, as much as it's been a few days and nothing has happened. Something was due. There wasn't much of a warning on muggings or violence against me personally, just a warning that things happen. Although, He was part of the Rats and was a big dude so he probably didn't get messed with that often. The whole time I was there no one ever threatened me. I walked home from Downtown at night by myself a lot. No problem at all. I talked with a bunch of the neighborhood kids and they all said pretty much the same thing - "Just pay attention and don't get caught napping." For the most part the neighborhood was nice to live in. Cheap and close to Bart. It turned really quickly when summer hit. We had our street blocked off maybe once a month until the summer. When school let out things changed dramatically. There was a shooting almost every night. I saw young kids riding on bikes shooting at each other in broad daylight. It got seriously hectic quickly. I had an offer on a place in SF and took it. It was sad to leave but blood on your corner every morning was getting a little tough.
The rest of Oakland is really hit or miss. I got mad dogged more downtown than in my neighborhood. I was mugged at gunpoint in Rockridge, so you really can't say one area is safe. It's really rough out there, but so is SF. There were stabbings all the time right down the street from my place in the mission. We lived on the border of the Nortenos and Surenos territory so that caused some issues. My girlfriend lived up in the panhandle and we could hear gunshots most weeks. The bay area is no joke. I've lived in NY for years and never felt as threatened as out in the Bay. Kids just do stuff for no reason out there. It's the wild west.
growing up in oakland
if ur like me growing up in east oakland the hood im frm is brookfield and thoes are the only people i talk to and never had problems in any other hood cuz i dont go there...so yall should just stick to yall hood cuz when u go to someone else hood they feel disrespected cuz u aint frm there..so stick to yall hood
Oakland Segway not a safe choice
Are you a Segway adventurer? In my humble opinion, Segway of Oakland is not a good choice. I've done Segway tours in other cities, never saw anything like this. The tour leader had some very bad habits. One was to move out fast way ahead of the group and then play around on his own and wait for us to catch up. When stopped at an intersection he would rock backward about a foot before starting forward, almost hit a woman who was standing behind him. She really had to move fast to get out of his way. The tour circuit had broken glass, railroad tracks, splintered wooden piers, and very busy city streets. I'd say find another city for your adventure.
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Areas to GO
I am 46 y/o and I have lived in every part of Oakland, mainly West Oakland. If you are coming to visit Oakland, and not staying with friends or family, I strongly recommend staying in areas near downtown, Emeryville or nearby Downtown Berkeley.
Flying into Oakland airport can be cheaper than San Francisco, but do not stay in hotels near the airport unless you plan on renting a car. And plan to spend some money on the hotel. The good hotels will range from $75 or more. Anything less you run a chance on staying in hotel popular to drug addicts or the homeless.
As far as where you go and be safe. If you do a lot of shopping, go to Emeryville's Bay Street or San Francisco. If you want good night life, the downtown Oakland area (between 24th and 9th Streets along Braodway). However, do not go alone and definitely don't walk alone.
There is nothing in the East Oakland or West Oakland area for "out of towners" to see or do.
However, the Oakland Zoo can be fun for families, but don't take public transportation. Also
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just don't walk in dark places at night, especially at liquor stores!
if you are a sureno FUNKTOWN should be safe for you or anything below 20th avenue
if you are a norteno 23-60's should be safe for you
if you are a blood 70's should be safe for you
if you are a border brother 80-100's should be safe for you.
if you are a drunk Paisa no place is safe for you, if is not gangbangers it's the 5'0 and Immigration
if you are white just stick to the hills, Jack London Square, and downtown, and nothing will happen to you
if you are arabian stick to the liquor store's, most are arabian
if you are asian, Funktown is your town & of course CHINATOWN
if you are mexican(or other latino's) LA CATORCE, or E' 14, especially Fruitvale
if you are black, WEST OAKLAND or the 70's
if you are a LATIN KING just dont come cuz there are no latin kings and you will get shot.
and if you are a tourist dont go to 94th ave, because there's shootings everyday and you might step in the warzone
just be careful
alotta people already pretty much covered whats the deal in oakland, the only advice i can give is don't walk at night and what ever you do STAY THE HELL OUT OF EAST OAKLAND!!!!! I cannot stress this enough if ur a tourist their is absolutley no reason you to be there, thats where the real gritty stuff is, it's also highly advised to stay outta west oakland as well but that is for you to use at your own discrepancy
KNOW THE NEIBORHOODS IN ADVANCE
While I don’t really believe there are millions of families clamoring to come to Oakland on their vacations as a dream getaway, I do know many east bay tourists are pleasantly surprised when they discover all Oakland has to offer in the way of fun, food and culture.
Being that it’s the 8th largest city in the U.S., of course there is crime. But this is typically drug and gang oriented and condensed to specific neighborhoods. Still, I can’t really say that there is any completely safe neighborhood in Oakland, especially after dark. I’d stay away from Lake Merritt at after dark, avoid West Oakland (unless you have a friend who is familiar), and stay as far away from East Oakland as humanly possible.
My advice is to familiarize yourself with the grit of Oakland ahead of time (IE where NOT to be) in order to maximize your traveling experience, making it as pleasant as possible. My advice:
1. Simply drop OPD an email letting them know your visiting & ask for safety advice/places
to avoid. Trust me, they will get back to you!
2. Check out the Oakland crime watch web, which will show maps of crimes. You'll see a pattern right away and be better schooled.(http://gismaps.oaklandnet.com/crimewatch/)
3. Best and smartest is to ask around- friends in the area, websites, groups, etc. Utilize the almighty Google!
IM FROM OAKLAND AND I BE IN LOWER BOTTOMS. I AINT GONNA SAY ITS NOT DANGEROUS BUT AT THE SAME TIME YOU REALLY DONT HEAR SHOOTING LIKE THAT. I ONLY HEAR THEM EVERY 2ND BLUE MOON OR SOMETHING. WHEN THEY SHOOT IT AINT LIKE THEY COMMING FOR ANYBODY AND EVERYBODY. ITS LIKE A WAR TURF THING. MOST OF THE TIME WHEN THEY SHOOT NOBODY GET HIT WITH A BULLET. THE PEOPLE THAT WAS FROM OAKLAND DIED WAS IN OTHER CITYS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. I BE IN OAKLAND ALL DAY AND THE ONLY DANGEROUS TIME IS AT NIGHT. THEY PICKED NIGHT BECAUSE OVIOUSLY THEY DONT WANT TO SHOOT THE WRONG PERSON AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE AT HOME. BUT WHEN THE PEOPLE SAY AINT NOTHING GON HAPPEN TO ME AND STAY OUT AT NIGHT ALONE IN A DARK AREA OF COURSE YOU GONE DIE. REALLY IF YOU WEARING A BLACK HOODIE. OAKLAND IS A COOL AND BEAUTYFUL PLACE TO BE. A LOT OF HISTORY WENT ON DOWN THERE. THE ONLY THINTG I CAN SAY IS THE PEOPLE THAT MOVE THERE GET SO CAUGHT UP IN THE GANF AND DONT CARE WHAT THEY KIDS DO. SO THEY KIDS GROW UP AND BE LIKE THAT. THATS HOW THAT STUFF HAPPEN. I BELIEVE ITS NOT ENOUGHT THINGS TO DO IN OAKLAND EXPECIALLY WERE IM FORM WEST OAKLAND.( LADARRIONCHAMP@YAHOO.COM) IF YOU WANT MORE INFO ABOUT OAKLAND. WEST OAKLAND IS THE BEST WELL NO THE BEST BUT OUT OF NORTH AND EAST OAKLAND PLACE TO BE.
The Embarcadero Freight Train
If you are staying in Jack London Sq. area or even just hanging out on the Embarcadero, watch out for the train.
Starting at the wharf docks north of Jack London Square, and sometimes carrying tons of freight, it runs right down the middle of the street (Embarcadero) seemingly at will. It is big, long, loud, & runs right past Yoshis & Jack London square.
At the very least, it can trap you on the west side (it is long and stops "dead" often for extended periods of time) of the square, keeping you from the highway and downtown, causing you to be late for or even miss meetings.
And then of course, there is the worst-case scenario, it could crush your car like a pop can (though I have never seen this).
Just make sure you leave for any Oakland destination (even clubs & bars on the east side of the Embarcadero street) in plenty of time.
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Crime and Danger
As others have mentioned, many of the murders in Oakland are gang or drug related. You're probably not going to run into these problems as a tourist since there isn't much that you'd probably go to or want to see in the neighborhoods in which gangs and drugs are heavy, except for maybe near Oakland Coliseum or some place like that.
Generally the closer you get to the Bay (and away from the hills) the worse the neighborhood is likely to be. The exception to this rule might be Emeryville and Jack London Square which are big shopping areas on the Bay.
Even if you stay out of the bad areas, you have a chance of getting robbed or mugged in other areas at night, especially if you're on foot alone, and especially if there aren't other people around or much foot or car traffic coming by. Muggings and robberies even happen in some of the areas where the neighborhoods themselves are ok, but people looking to cause trouble come through looking for easy targets.
The Temescal area of Oakland (40th St to 51st St North & South and Telegraph to Broadway East to West) has a number of funky businesses and places to eat Korean and other kinds of food and lots of hipster art school kids and young professionals living nearby. It's been an "up and coming area" for a while. It might possibly be a place you'd go and it's not a bad neighborhood itself, but there are a muggings in the area sometimes. These muggings seem to be from people coming from other parts of Oakland who are trying to cause trouble. I'd also be careful around the Oakland Technical High School which is on the Broadway side of Temescal since kids come from other areas of the city and some bring trouble with them.
Piedmont Avenue is generally somewhat safe, but there have been muggings around here when someone is by themselves after dark. Rockridge and Montclair are similarly nice and generally safe but have similar occasional problems.
Downtown and uptown Oakland isn't too bad during the day and generally isn't bad for going to restaurants or places at night as long as other people are around and you're there when it's not too deserted. Be careful here, but it's not either the best or worst part of town.
As a tourist you might visit or stay in a shopping or hotel area such as Emeryville or Jack London Square. From these neighborhoods (near the bay) it could be easy to go into a neighborhood like West Oakland or North Oakland on your way out (or by mistake). If you're staying in Emeryville or Jack London I would drive a car through the less good neighborhoods in between these neighborhoods and other parts of Oakland. If you're trying to get to MacArthur BART from Emeryville take the Emery-go-round shuttle or a bus after dark rather than walking, even though the walk is probably only about 20 minutes.
I'd avoid walking alone near Lake Merritt after dark because of muggings. There are other areas you might go to such as Lakeshore and Grand which aren't bad but have crime that comes through.
Essentially, stay away from the really bad neighborhoods in Oakland as much as you can. These are are usually near the bay (aside from Emeryville and Jack London Square) and avoid walking alone in deserted areas by yourself after nightfall in the "in between" areas. Even in the richer neighborhoods near the hills there can be some crime but it's not as likely.
Watch your step
Oakland is a large, urban center that is reputed to have a high level of criminal activity.
But you must be clear that like in any American city, there are predictable places where life is more, or less, dangerous.
So, as a tourist, you can feel comfortable in Rockridge, Montclair, Piedmont Ave, Jack London and ever increasing swaths of Temescal and Downtown.
But as in any other American city, it also pays to keep your wits about you. Happy/safe travels
how to be safe in oakland
Oakland in my opinion is one of the best kept secrets in cali, uf u no wat your doing here if you have a reason to be here I.e. Family, etc. I'm from north oakland which use to be way worse but has been cleaned up an underwent a lot of new urban development. Still stay out of the north if u don't have any business here. Please stay out of west oakland its probably the worst part of oakland rite now. If u past mlk way goin westbound anywere frm the 40's to 6th st. Ure gonna be in bad shape. Lastly avoid east oakland especially deep east oakland (past 70th st.) If going to the arena or a raiders game stay on i880. Directly east of the coliseum is lockwood gardens an rudsdale st. U will get ***ed up quickly. Stay in berkeley, piedmont, rockridge, san leandro, and lake merritt a cool area too. Jus use caution and common sense... thanks
It's not that bad....
I grew up in the town. We went to an A's game one evening. We brought a keg into the parking lot which aparently is not allowed. They kicked us out and we drove to a nearby dead end street in a residential neighborhood. We put the keg in the street and started throwing the football around and soon enough people came out, drank beer with us and hung out until we walked the six blocks to the Colessium to catch the game. And when we got back our car battery was not stolen. FYI we were all a bunch of "white boys".
Area's to avoid
Oakland is a great california city an a cool place to visit if you have an agenda an u no what your going to spend your time doing dont wonder around. I grew up on the north side of town on 61st an shattuck which use to be a high crime area but has sense calmed down drastically. Basically here's the rundown: North Oakland- bordered by alcatraz to 40th(north and south), telegraph to san pablo (east to west) is not a place you should visit if u dont have any business here u might get robbed. West Oakland bordered by west mac to 5th street (north to south) and from about mlk to whereever it ends and is definently a place u dont wanna go its probably the worst part of oakland rite now. Avoid Ghosttown, Acorn projects, campbell village projects, etc. and lastly east oakland is very huge dont go if u dont have a reason especially deep east oakland (70's to the 100's). its o so dangerous. Cool spots is peidmont, claremont, jack london and the hills. be safe when u cum to the town thanks.
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