posted on Apr, 25 2013 @ 03:17 PM
reply to post by Mamatus
I'm not going to say that Oakland doesn't have it's bad elements, not unlike any other city. However, I think a couple of you are greatly
exaggerating the "conditions" there. I used to live up in the Bay (SF and Berkeley) and still frequent that area many times a year, for business
and leisure. When I have business in Oakland, I always stay at the Marriott on Broadway (right in the city center). After meetings (at night), I've
routinely walked, alone, unarmed, and without "armour" through Downtown . . . up Telegraph or down to Jack London or west to Market or east to Lake
Merritt . . . on my way to restaurants, bars, or BART stations. I have never encountered any problems, whatsoever. Sure, I may get a "bum" asking
for "change" or a street kid asking if I have a "cigerette" . . . but, never felt unsafe in any situation.
Again . . . That's not to say that there is not a criminal element to the city, but let's stop giving the impression that it is some sort of daily
war zone. Heck . . . last summer my 10 yr old son and I took a road trip up the coast to the Redwoods and stayed a couple days in the Bay. One
night, after a day trip to Berkeley across from the City by BART we got off at the 19th St/City Center station and walked into Korea Town for dinner .
. . then back to BART and back across to Embarcadaro . . . all on foot. Never had reason to worry . . .