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Historic Photos of Oakland
ISBN: 9781596525290
 
 
 
 
   
 
  Category: California
Historic Photos
History
Oakland
 
  Description: 

Its place directly opposite San Francisco Bay from one of the world’s most visited cities has left Oakland to struggle against comparison from the start. It has greeted that challenge by asserting its identity as an effervescent international port city with a richly diverse, uniquely creative and highly resilient population.

Oakland consistently finds itself at the forefront of the rapid pace of change that is California has helped to drive, with its history of daring experiments in social, scientific and cultural innovation. The camera has preserved glimpses into the impacts of that change – and the ways in which Oakland has adapted to sustain itself as a charming and welcoming gateway to the Pacific. Historic Photos of Oakland collects a small fraction of the record the cameras have left behind, providing a compelling view of the colorful past of the “second” City by the Bay.

About the Author:

Steven Lavoie is librarian in the Oakland History Room of the Oakland Public Library, the source of most of the photographs published in this book. He formerly served that function at the Oakland Tribune, where he contributed columns, features, and editorials. Lavoie holds two degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and has lived in Oakland since he relocated here from a remote northern suburb to shorten the trip to Oakland A’s games.