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Oakland by the ZIP code: Photos from the 94602

on February 21, 2013

Enjoy this week’s photo gallery for The Pulse of Oakland project—this week’s featured ZIP code is 94602 in East Oakland. The area includes the Dimond district, Glenview, Oakmore and more.

Oakland North reporters will be taking photographs documenting each of the ZIP codes in Oakland over the next few months. Every neighborhood is diverse and different, and we want to capture that.

Of course, we can’t see everything in Oakland ourselves. So we also want to know how you view this city. You can easily submit your own ZIP code photos to the Pulse of Oakland project on Flickr. It can be the neighborhood you live in, the street where you work or wherever you like to hang out. Thank you to all of our readers who have already contributed to the group Flickr pool. We have over 100 photos so far!

If you would like to participate in our photo project just create a Flickr account (or log into one you already have), then search for the group called “The Pulse of Oakland.” Request to join the group, and once you are approved you can upload your own photos of Oakland. When uploading, simply tag your photo with the ZIP code where it was taken, and include your name in the caption. Make sure to make the photo public, and add it to the Pulse of Oakland group photo pool. Your photos may end up being published on Oakland North!

Questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments. Stay tuned for another ZIP code gallery next week on Oakland North.

See more photos on the Pulse of Oakland Flickr stream.


  1. Carolyn Vallerga on February 25, 2013 at 4:31 am

    With due respect I do not think these photos are representative of the 94602 area. The iconic Loard’s maybe because of the joy we as children had when we went there in times past but not now. There has been renovation in the Dimond not photographed. There are no photos of Glenview or Oakmore. The photographer just walked down MacArthur Blvd randomly shooting odds and ends of decay. As a Dimond resident object to this shallow representation on you web site. You can do better than this!

    • Brittany Schell on February 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Carolyn, I appreciate your feedback. As photographers who are just getting to know Oakland, we can only go so far in covering Oakland by the ZIP code. We try not to make judgments on what we are seeing, and just take a walk for a couple hours and snap photos of what we see. Of course, there are huge areas of each ZIP code we are missing, this is only meant to be an introduction. I encourage you to submit your own photos to the Pulse of Oakland Flickr pool, so we can see a more complete and diverse view of Dimond and other Oakland neighborhoods. Thanks for commenting!

      • Carolyn Vallerga on February 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        I just sent an email to your Dean at the School of Journalism. You should have at least researched where the heart of the Dimond district is located…Fruitvale @ MacArthur. You could have asked a few questions of citizens in that area. A journalism professional is all about asking questions before publishing your work as fact. Once published you are open for rigorous explication. I have invited the Dean of the Journalism Department to review your work and my comments.

  2. Tom Branca on February 27, 2013 at 7:15 am

    As long time resident of 94602 you got it right for about 1% of this greatly diverse zip code. Understand your limitations but standing on Mac Arthur and Coolidge for a few images and then one iconic Mormon Temple??? Totally agree with the comments by Carolyn.

  3. Michael Kilian on March 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Not encompassing: not one photo that attaches to Glenview, which is in the zip code 94602; and given that this collage of photos features the zip code 94602 and skipped Glenview but did contain a number of photos from the Dimond, how come there are no photos of the Dimond business district and yes, Glenview also has a business district?

  4. Carolyn Vallerga on March 5, 2013 at 7:49 am

    The UCB School of Journalism has responded to me and it will evaluate this site in relation to our disappointment and objections.

  5. Kathleen Russell on March 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    In your intro you mention “Dimond district, Glenview, Oakmore and more” but disappointing as you did not get into the heart of any of these vibrant neighborhoods. Here are some sites:
    A suggestion to start snapping at the main intersection of each neighborhood. We invite you to re-visit 94602.

  6. Alton Jelks on March 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I tend to agree with the other comments, but not only because your work is a questionable representation of the area. You do have a right to shoot the subjects as you choose, no matter how displeasing. My issue is just how bad most of the photos are. It appears that to you, photojournalism is little more than point and shoot. Your framing, camera angle, attempt to capture lighting and so forth are very amateurish. You actually made each subject look worse than it might otherwise be. (The worst photo is the last, a flower in a tree. Where is your focal point…the subject?) Compiling photographs of life in the city is a good idea, and not all are going to be pleasing to others, but do so with a stronger sense of artistic responsibility.

  7. Kristen Caven on March 15, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I live in the zip code and see many of these things myself. I think your series is impressionistic, beautiful, and perceptive. I also understand that this project is artistic, not journalistic. Thank you for starting this photo stream – I’ll try to add some more images showing my own point of view.

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