Pick up your new Oakbook today

Most regular readers of this blog have probably visited the Oakbook online at one point or another. What you may not know is that starting last December, Oakbook also publishes a kick-ass print magazine. The fifth issue hit the streets yesterday.

As usual, it’s totally awesome. Highlights of the new issue include: an op-ed from City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente on why we desperately need a 311 system, a guide to getting involved and making a difference at your kid’s school, a really, really cool feature on Oakland’s bedrock from Oakland Geology blogger Andrew Alden, and an underwear fashion spread (unfortunately with no models). Plus my favorite elitist food snob commenter on how homemade pancetta makes a better Christmas present than cookies. And much more.

The Oakbook is free, and copies are available, well – pretty much all over. Grab one today at any of the following locations:

  • Dimond: La Farine, Paws & Claws
  • Downtown: De Lauers, Entrez! Open House, Ooh La La
  • Jack London Square: World Grounds Cafe
  • Jingletown: Kefa Coffee
  • Fruitvale: Powderface
  • Grand/Lakeshore: Day of the Dead Cafe, L’amyx tea bar
  • Lake Merritt: Good News Cafe
  • Laurel: Laurel Bookstore
  • Montclair: A Great Good Place for Books
  • Piedmont Avenue: Dakot Art, Issues, Lireille, Sew Images, Spectator Books
  • Temescal: Rowan Morrison, Ruby’s Garden, Scout Home Hardware, The Wine Mine
  • Rockridge: Diesel, Dapper, Pretty Penny
  • West Oakland: Marcus Books
  • Alameda: Alameda Copy, Bachi Arian’s Cafe

7 thoughts on “Pick up your new Oakbook today

  1. Steve

    Tangent alert! Map geekery incoming!

    The Oakbook defines “West Oakland” as a swath of town from the Port all the way up to the Emeryville/Berkeley border, west of Temescal and Rockridge. This includes a large portion of north Oakland in which no sane resident therein would call “west”. Much of this area lies slightly _east_ of City Hall (as well as north), including Marcus Books, designated as being in “West Oakland” above.

    I’ve actually discussed this with the publisher, and he agrees that perhaps it might be a good idea to break out the area north of Macarthur and west of Telegraph/24 and come up with a name for it. “North Oakland”, however, doesn’t work, since it includes Temescal and Rockridge, which are already listed separately. We both thought that “Santa Fe” might do the job, as it is the historical name of one of the neighborhoods in that part of town and has a nice ring to it.

    What do you think? Any ideas?

  2. Max Allstadt

    If I was defining the boundaries of West Oakland, they’d be as follows:

    South: 880
    East: 980/24
    West: 880 or the Bay.

    The northern boundary is trickier. 580 isn’t quite right, nor is MacArthur. 40th is definitely as far North as it could be. I would say that west of San Pablo, 580 works. East of San Pablo, I’d go with 40th, but I’m hazy on that. Apgar St. is definitely still West Oakland to me, but it’s kind of odd how it all mashes together up there. I could be wrong.

    I think of the area North of 40th and west of the 24 as North Oakland. It’s the former Black Panther capital, right? Is this the area that people are calling JAMMI?

    Temescal and Rockridge should be called Temescal and Rockridge.

    I suppose the problem here is that you can only break a map down into so many components. The Oakland Museum’s map puts the North Oakland Boundary at 580, and calls what’s north of it and west of 24 “Longfellow”. Personally I find it odd that the Museum’s notion of historical neighborhoods also complies with boundaries created by Robert Moses era brutalization of the city with elevated highways.

  3. Andrew

    The Walk Oakland map is too fine-grained, breaking up what I’d call the classic West Oakland (580/980) into Prescott, Oak Center, McClymonds etc. North of 580 they show Longfellow (up to Temescal Creek basically), then Santa Fe athwart MLK, Idora Park to its east and Golden Gate to its west. I guess I’d call north of 580/west of Tele Northwest Oakland and be done with it.

    BTW none of the Piedmont Ave locations had the Oakbook yet just now.

  4. Patrick

    Hmmm. I lived on 44th @ MLK for a short time and I always felt that the other side of MacArthur was West Oakland. But as far as “feel” is concerned, it’s kind of fuzzy. Maybe Apgar, but parts of West and Market Streets north of Apgar are kind of West Oakland-y.

  5. Aaron Priven

    Herb Lubalin lives!

    As for neighborhood guidelines, while Oakland may well have had different neighborhood boundaries before the freeways were put in place, nowadays the freeways form the most visible and impermeable border between neighborhoods. We don’t have to like it to acknowledge the reality.

  6. Chuck

    @Aaron: Sort of? But I don’t feel like Rockridge and Temescal are actually all that split up by 24. (Maybe Telegraph @ 24, but not Claremont, College or Broadway.) That said, I do think you’re right in that there are places where this is more true than not.