17 December 2010

Oakland Marathon neighborhood tour - # 2 - Uptown

Oakland's Uptown area is to the immediate north of downtown.

This is also the area where the race ends on Telegraph Avenue.

Fox Oakland on Telegraph Avenue
The area is gentrifying rapidly west of Broadway with the recent building of apartment and condominum buildings, the restoration of the long shuttered Fox Oakland, and the opening of new bars and restaurants such as Luka's Taproom & Lounge at Broadway and Grand.

One of the most exquisite Art Deco buildings you'll ever see is the Paramount Theatre on Broadway.  Nice on the outside, but unbelievable on the inside, this gem had the misfortune of opening during the depths of the Depression in 1931.

Don't have the cash for a concert?  Well, go to see a "Paramount Movie Classic" that costs only five bucks, and includes a chance to win cool prizes with the Dec-o-Win drawing before the show starts.

Just two doors down from the Paramount is the splendid (and derelict) I. Magnin building.

Oakland Marathon neighborhood tour - navigational links:
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