Why We Choose Oakland

June 17, 2011 by bryan

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Have we mentioned that we love Oakland? We live, work, worship and play in this amazing city. Oakland is the metropolitan hub of the East Bay and the third largest city in the Bay Area behind San Francisco and San Jose and we like it that way. We have room to breathe when we walk around Lake Merritt or the redwoods in the Oakland hills, but at the same time we have access to amazing public transportation which is important when you don't have a car. We get around on BART, AC Transit, the East Bay Ferries, and we even have Amtrak roll through town.

We can cheer for one of three pro sports teams (A's, Warriors, Raiders) or head to Jack London Square, where there's a saloon the author frequented and Yoshi's, a renowned jazz club. We can walk through historic victorian homes, watch container ships at one of the busiest industrial ports on the West Coast, rent a sailboat on Lake Merritt, stroll along 19 miles of bay and estuary shoreline, explore the fantastic Oakland Museum of California -- they're all great reasons to hop the bay and spend a fog-free day exploring one of California's largest and most ethnically diverse cities. Did you know Oakland boasts about a dozen wineries – many with tasting rooms – including award-winners Dashe, JC Cellars and Enat.

I love this quote from Frommer's Travel guide:

"as the City by the Bay has become crowded and expensive in the past few years, Oakland has experienced a rush of new residents and businesses. As a result, Oak-town is in the midst of a renaissance, and its future continues to look brighter and brighter.

And here is another great quote from a recent article in the Oakland Tribune about Pandora, whose headquarters is in Oakland.

"This is an entrepreneurial firm, a social media company, and that helps the downtown," Del Beccaro said. "With the new apartments and condos being built in the area, you can put the creative types in jobs in Oakland."

Other cutting-edge companies such as solar firms BrightSource Energy, Sungevity and SolarFirst have headquarters in Oakland. Tech firms such as iParadigms, Lucid Design Group, LiveScribe, Xantrion and Skytide also are based there.

City officials hope those ranks will swell steadily. And it may happen because Pandora is attempting to be an Oakland ambassador.

"Pandora has been active in trying to convince software and social media companies to move from San Francisco to Oakland," Quan said.

Why Choose Oakland? Download the PDF
  • The “cool” factor - eclectic, happening, fun; diverse
  • Concentration of like- minded innovators
  • Educated, creative, young workforce
  • Talented innovators
  • Affordable city living
  • Easy public transit access
  • More artists anywhere outside of Manhattan
  • World-class arts institutions, venues, attractions
  • Amazing restaurants and farmers markets
  • Rich musical heritage

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