Downtown Oakland has had an explosion of housing construction in the last several years which has brought a positive change to the character of the area. But along with new condos, restaurants, and art galleries, there remain quite a few shabby residential hotels. Here's a vestige from the past that seems to tell a tale. I had a lengthy conversation with a woman who lives in a nearby hotel about what the neighborhood is like. She was down right enthusiastic about the changes she's seen in the last 10 years. She talked about the safety measures that her hotel put in place, the added comforts the rooms now have, and how she can go out after dark without fear. Caution maybe, but not fear. Downtown still has a ways to go, but the changes seem to be helping everyone, not just the privileged.
This is an automatic post. I'm traveling and will likely have restricted access to computers to comment on your blogs. Back in town on October 1.