Monday, July 31, 2017

Oakland has definitely regressed.



One of my favorite chicken and waffles place is in Oakland. So, on the way back from the kite festival we decided to stop there. It's been a couple of years since I've been out there because I just haven't wanted to make a special trip. If I'm going to the city for some reason we try to stop in.

When Mr S. and I started going to Lois the Pie Queen we were kinda nervous, but over the years Oakland had really been improving to where you didn't feel nervous at all. Honestly it was starting to feel almost too gentrified there. And I'm not talking about the fixing up the neighborhood kind of gentrified which was also happening. But, if you are going for chicken and waffles - you want the place to be full of black people. And there were decidedly way too may white people there the last time we went.

To my surprise a tent city had popped up not too far away on the MLK. I'm not even sure if these are really homeless people or just urban campers. The real trolls are more on the Albany/Emerville line and that crap is insane. I'm going to have to start getting video because these people are living in the cloverleafs of freeways and like trolls - under the overpasses. And the amount of garbage they are collecting is stunning. There has been a tent city on the Albany/Emerville/Oakland line for years and I've walked around there and taken photos before - but I would not feel safe doing that now.

It's just really messed up and frustrating. Letting people live on the streets only makes other people think it's not that bad. And really if you are living on the streets in Oakland, maybe Oakland isn't that bad either because when I was a kid - you would never do that shit. You'd wind up dead.



2 comments:

Capital of Texas Refugee said...

1. Install hidden surveillance systems.
2. Wait for "bumfights" to happen.
3. Collect the videos and show them on dedicated pay-per-view TV channels.
4. Profit? (Who cares if you got investment money up front?)
5. Added bonus: people stop thinking living in tent cities could be OK.

:-)

she said: said...

Sadly these bums will burn down your house by burning down their houses. There have been three of these fires this week. I am not exaggerating what a public health problem this is starting to be.

But since their tent was a house apparently- the Red Cross is helping them temporarily.