SHAYLA BANG

“It’s just one of the best places to be from. We’re just so carefree. Our vibe is like nothing else. I’m just super proud to be from this place because it has really made me who I am today. I have learned the game from Oakland, my ways, and it has helped me survive in […]

WREN SONGBIRD

“It’s always been about embracing difference, uniqueness, putting a little, of our own thing on it, coming up with unique words to describe something. That’s Oakland…” Your full name and age. My name is Wren Michelle Robb and I’m 31 years old. What neighborhood of Oakland are you from or would you say you grew […]

VINCENT CORTEZ

“I know that my grandfather, when my father, the oldest of, I think five total was born, they were still living in West Oakland on the rail yard. So for the first year of his life, my father lived in this little shack on the southern Pacific railroad yard. My grandfather was just saving up […]

RYAN NICOLE AUSTIN

“People have very short memories, especially as progress happens, they forget where things start and they’re just looking towards the horizon. I think sometimes we have to turn around and look back, even though that’s discouraged, you have to turn around and look back, especially when you’re building a community, especially when it’s urban development because a city is nothing without it’s legacy and without its lineage. I encourage the newcomers and the people who are seeing the precipice of this change and supporting the precipice of this change to turn around and look back at the people who started it, look back at what made them come here. Look back at what makes investments so exciting in Oakland right now.”