Children’s Hospital Oakland & Research Institute is home to the largest and most comprehensive sickle cell treatment program in the state. The center draws many patients and their families to the area, where they can receive a lifetime of quality care.
9th Floor Radio is not a “regular” radio station. It has no call letters, and no frequency where its shows can be heard playing over the airwaves. Tucked inside a portable building with no address near the corner of 8th Street and 5th Avenue in Oakland, 9th Floor Radio streams over the internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Through a nationwide marketing campaign and the Family Radio media platform, Oakland-based preacher Harold Camping convinced thousands of people that the world would end on May 21, 2011. As we approach the one-year anniversary of his failed prediction, reporter Megan Molteni takes look at the psychology of Camping’s doomsaying and why so many people fell for it.
The sleepy Rockridge district was an unlikely home for scandal. But in 1927, it came to light that a small Rockridge bungalow had become the international headquarters of a mystical society called the “Great White Brotherhood.”
In 1954, local historian Frank X. Flood interviewed many of Rockridge’s first settlers about what it was like back in the “good old days.” These are their reminiscences in their own words.
What if you could use something as simple as music to help people dealing with everything from traumatic brain injuries and strokes to neurological disorders and depression?
Oakland’s inaugural Veg Week starts this weekend. A number of events geared toward community education about meatless lifestyle choices will be taking place from April 15-21.
Charles Porter, 68, has lived his most of his life in the Golden Gate district of Oakland.
Porter grew up in a two-story Victorian at San Pablo Avenue and 63rd Street that his parents purchased for $7,500 in 1949. He spent much of his youth at the Golden Gate rec center and the public library, playing games and reading books. He remembers San Pablo Avenue during the 1950s and 60s as a a commercial corridor—department stores, grocers, barber shops, car mechanics, five and dime stores, donut shops, even a movie theater. Back then, Porter remembers, it was one of the first Oakland neighborhoods to open up for African Americans.
Over the past 60 years, he has watched the neighborhood go through a number of changes, and seen the community change with it. For Porter, the changes are just part of the natural life cycle of the neighborhood.
Photos from the early days of Oakland’s Golden Gate District. All photos courtesy of the Oakland History Room of the Oakland Public Library.
Today, Oakland North reporter Megan Molteni continues our weekly street photography series and takes us down to Oakland’s waterfront.
The first ever Golden Gate Goaltimate Games brought teams from all over the West Coast to compete in this unique adaptation of ultimate frisbee, including Oakland’s own Team Try Hard.
It’s almost springtime in Oakland, and that means Notes & Words is back. The annual event brings authors and musicians together on stage at The Fox Theater to benefit Children’s Hospital Oakland Research.
This week Oakland North reporter Megan Molteni takes you to Chinatown. It’s part of our ongoing effort to photograph the city’s most popular neighborhoods.
Check out the Town Spectacle—a whole new kind of living art experience that brings together local artists, musicians and performers to connect with the community.
One of Temescal’s oldest subdivisions was once of the state’s grandest amusement parks. On the blocks of what are now Spanish stucco-styled homes bordered by Shattuck and Telegraph Avenues to the east and west and between 56th and 58th Streets, Oakland’s Idora Park at one time brought thousands of visitors from near and far for its myriad attractions. Built in 1903 by railroad baron and borax king Rodney Ingersoll, the park was open about 30 weeks a year and boasted…
For nearly 100 years, the Colombo Club has been the heart and soul of Temescal’s historic Italian community. With almost 1,000 members today, the Columbo Club is the largest private Italian social club west of the Mississippi River. Oakland North reporter Megan Molteni goes down to the club to learn about its long and storied history.