Oaklanders who were all upset over the Chronicle not featuring enough positive stories about Oakland after last week’s “Oakland Exodus” section should be pleased when they pick up Sunday’s paper, which features a very sweet story about the holiday lights on Picardy Drive, an adorable little street out near Mills College:
The world may be hurtling toward a second Great Depression, but on Picardy Drive the lights are shining bright.
The hundred or so residents of Picardy Drive in East Oakland fought back the gloom Saturday by illuminating their street with an unbroken string of lights, in a holiday tradition that dates back to the first Great Depression, nearly 80 years ago.
“The world is in such a bad situation right now,” said Louie Dill, a retired auto mechanic who moved to Picardy 39 years ago. “To be in a community with such good people, and to see these beautiful lights, is just a joy. The Lord blessed me to let me to live here, and I’ve loved every day.”
I’ve wanted to visit the Christmas display on Picardy for a couple years now, but never managed to make it out there before tonight. It was a really fun excursion – I got to see a part of Oakland I’ve never been to before. Wow! That neighborhood is seriously charming. Definitely not what one thinks of when one hears the term “East Oakland.” Anyway, I recommend visiting if you’re a fan of Christmas lights and have some spare time one of these evenings.
Here are some photos: