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Stunning Vintage Photos Show What Oakland Looked Like In The 1970s and 1980s

Oakland is a major West Coast port city in California. It has a mild, Mediterranean-type climate with warm sunny summers and cool winters. The area was inhabited by Costanoan Indians in the 18th century when the Spanish invaded.

In the early-1970s, unemployment, poverty, and crime rates were high in Oakland. The city began to experience serious problems with gang-controlled dealing of heroin and cocaine when drug kingpin Felix Mitchell created the nation’s first large-scale operation. The murder rate rose to twice that of San Francisco or New York City. In the 1980s Oakland remained as one of America’s most crime-ridden cities Things began to change in the 1990s, much of the city center was rebuilt, and many run-down neighborhoods were gentrified.

Here below are some amazing vintage photos of Oakland by Dave Glass from the 1970s and 1980s that will take you back.

#4 The Remillard House, located in Preservation Park,Queen Anne victorian near 12th Street and Martin Luther King, Oakland, 1980s.

#13 A bridge damaged by an earthquake at Highway 880, October 1989.

A bridge damaged by an earthquake at Highway 880, October 1989.

  1. My then husband John was a manager for Amtrak at the time, he went down to the station and handed out emergency supplies, including blankets and water. What a terrible earthquake it was.

#38 Demolition of the earthquake damaged section of Interstate-880 known as the Cypress Structure. 14th Street & Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, 1989.

#39 Storage building near the Port of Oakland, 1985.

Storage building near the Port of Oakland, 1985.

This building has been converted into Phoenix Lofts 737 2nd, completed in 1999.

#49 Peralta and 14th Street, Oakland, 1980s.

Peralta and 14th Street, Oakland, 1980s.

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  1. This photo is not from the 80s.
    Oscar Grant III was a 22-year-old African-American man who was killed in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009 by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, Cali

Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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  1. Mr. Budhh, you need to credit the photographer, Dave Glass, and link to his social media @daveglass_foto
    Also, all these images are copyright protected and should not be used without permission.

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