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Oakland then and now: A tour in photos

on April 23, 2012

The location of a city may be permanent, but that which makes up a city—its buildings, streets and houses—is not. Streets might be added, lots might be developed, buildings might be demolished. For over a century the city of Oakland has been in existence, but how much of the old still exists and how much is new? Take a look at our “Then and Now” slideshow and decide for yourself.


  1. dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on April 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    It’s BroadWAY, not Broadway Ave. Just like every other Broadway in the country.

  2. johnny rotten on April 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks for unearthing all these great photos of Old Oakland! Too bad there’s no longer many places to hitch your horses downtown.

  3. Emily Odza on August 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Very inspiring. I’d love your tips on reproducing a similar project in East Oakland. I’m planning a Meetup to do just that!

    • Oakland North Staff on August 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Emily, the staff at the History Room at the Oakland Public Library (main branch downtown) are wonderful resources for history projects and have access to many historical city photos. We also recommend that when you take pictures of the buildings today, the important thing is to shoot them from the same location and angle as the photographer did in the historical photo, so the reader can easily compare the two. Good luck with your project!

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