Oakland Is Officially More Exciting Than San Francisco, and Here Is Why

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It's not every day that Oakland gets to be something (good) that San Francisco is not. The gritty city also known as Oaktown perpetually gets the brunt of bad press, while San Francisco basks in the spectacularness that has tourists eating out of its hands.

But have you noticed that, lately, all your friends are moving over to Oakland? It's the new Brooklyn, and there's damn good reason for that: Once the stepsister of the Bay Area's best, Oakland now kicks San Francisco's ass when it comes to leading an exciting life.

Movoto.com, a real estate blog, used Saturday night science to determine that not only is Oakland more thrilling than San Francisco (which came in no. 3), but it's now the most exciting city in the nation. They factored in the number of bars, big box stores, fast food restaurants, population diversity, and museums, among other things, to determine which city offered its residents a bigger thrill.

But just looking at that criteria, we know what you're thinking: How is it possible that Oakland trumped S.F.? Here's what we think:

  • It's always 10 degrees warmer in Oakland -- and we mean everywhere in Oakland. So while you freeze your tits off walking your dog in Glen Park, just know your frenemies are enjoying the sun in their backyards with their kids.

  • Where else can you buy a gold grill and creme Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta with a scoop of huckleberry ice cream on the same block?

  • Because the New York Times says so.

    • S.F.'s recession is Oakland's Economic boom. Have you noticed that the party has moved to Oakland? That's where your friends live now, and where your favorite sandwich shop relocated, and where your local bar has gone. Even your gun is fleeing to Oakland.



  • Even the cops are cat people. So what if they hate Occupy protesters? It's how they treat stray cats they see roaming the streets that matters.


  • Free parking on Sundays. Duh. Only that and the promise of a for-real parking spot could convert a militant San Franciscan.

  • And finally, while you dolts in SF spend your time and money taking photo classes or learning something useful, Oaklanders are teaching themselves how to pick locks. Seriously, there's a workshop in town where experts (expert what? We don't know) will be proud to teach you how to efficiently gain access to a car or a house or a safe without a key.





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red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

Why is my reply to irreversible censored ? He is the typical leftist who thinks a term 'racism' invented in the 1930s is all that's needed to shut down any conversation. He projects in every ad hominem attack on me and he thinks that I should care about his failure to understand correlation and causality and his losing faith in humanity ?! Beyond pathetic !

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

Why is my reply to irreversible censored ? He is the typical leftist who thinks a term 'racism' invented in the 1930s is all that's needed to shut down any conversation. He projects in every ad hominem attack on me and he thinks that I should care about his failure to understand correlation and causality and his losing faith in humanity ?! Beyond pathetic !

Caltroit
Caltroit

Gee look at all the yuppie snobs with their variation on "Oakland is full of crime and killing " didn't realize SF was a utopian wonderland untouched by any of society's ills. Get a new routine, you clowns.

irreversible.self.pi
irreversible.self.pi

SF is dirty and smells of piss and shit, is hilariously overpriced in every facet, MUNI is a joke, and too many people care waaaay too much about themselves and their image and how to look "San Franciscan." SF's got some restaurants and parks that are nice, but nothing that I cant find in Berkeley or Oakland. Anybody who compares Mission or Tenderloin with Oakland is a fool and a bigot. The people who talk down to Oakland never actually go there, just read or watch about it on their favorite news site and then use that "info" to make outrageous claims about gunfire and murder. People will consistently forget about Lake Merritt, Rockridge, Temescal, and Jack London Square. SF has its charms but the arrogance that come from there is from people who move there from the rest of the country and don't know shit about the bay and just want to throw stones.

HooptyBeamer
HooptyBeamer

You guys are so dumb. Cant you tell this article is just a bit tongue in cheek? Stop taking everything so fucking seriously, you armchair internet activists.

Adrian Scott Peterson
Adrian Scott Peterson

P.s. It's fun to tell jokes and have a little friendly competition, but these articles do more segregation than anything else. Like America needs more of that.

Adrian Scott Peterson
Adrian Scott Peterson

This conversation is getting so old. Live where ever the hell you want to live - it's The Bay, there's a city/town for everyone. Is San Francisco getting outrageously more expensive, pushing out it's creative types? Sure. Are they all gone and SF is somehow a city of math-talking drones? Hardly. Your article knocked on Glen Park. That's my hood. I live right in between Bernal & Glen and I love this place. Everytime I leave my house, my neighborhood appears to represent every color and class and no one seems like they have anything to prove. It's pretty peaceful and unlike some people trying to save their cool neighborhoods from expanding populations *cough - some hardcore Oaklanders* , I say all the new neighborhood seekers come join the quiet party. We've got a little bit of everyone represented, a BART station, the J line, a convenient & clean library branch, quick access to a fun, urban hike and numerous other ways in and out. We've got friendly LGBTQ represented amongst lower, middle and upper class yipsters and yuppies with cute babies & puppies. A weekly farmer's market and even an annual neighborhood community fair. Even our local transients are happy here. Oh, and it rarely smells like piss. We can access The Mission or screw it and head to Excelsior which is an even more amazingly diverse and lively underrated residential neighborhood. San Francisco isn't perfect and I miss a well-represented Black population that isn't marginalized and clowned. However, I'm not running off to Oakland, because that won't make life better and I love everyone here who stays, in the struggle, because not all of us drive hybrid vehicles and upgrade iPhones every 6 months.

Vol Tron
Vol Tron

Not a week goes by that I don't see something like this about Oakland being "better" than SF. Someone is really desperate trying to convince people so they can jack up rents and prices in Oakland. I guess the Mission has served its purpose.. on to Oakland, real estate cabal!

My Tang
My Tang

sssshhhh....i don't want anyone else knowing!

jerene2
jerene2

I agree & ♥ my neighborhood. Here is my list: a neighbor kid to play with, a friendly public school our family can walk to where parents are involved, a loving and bilingual family chlld care provider for the baby where he is happy to go, a great park with play structures, walking trails and a pool, and rec. programs with friendly rec. leaders, the best children's librarians and kid's programs ever, a post office which residents fought to keep, diverse restaurants including 3 coffee shops, a bakery, an organic ice cream parlor, 3 places for Chinese food, a Mexican restaurant, Vietnamese, Indian & Japanese food, a Safeway & a Farmer Joes (a larger Oakland version of Goodlife Grocery), banks, a Vet and a natural pet shop, Plus people walk or ride bikes and tend to say, "hello" in my neighborhood and I like my friendly neighbors. I lived over 20 years in SF and been here for 6.  I plan to stay a while!

Geoff Nino
Geoff Nino

Everything is more exciting when your life is on the line!

Enlightin Won
Enlightin Won

yay gentrifyers are happy, but I can tell you One thing that can get these people to stop, pepper spraying people violently at events in front of elites and thier children at a public event, that is for sure a party foul and it will hurt the interest of the city on getting sf to move east, yay, for once police brutality will be useful for slowing down the natural rise in homelessness when neighborhoods are regentrified.

Kiki LaRay Bankybanks
Kiki LaRay Bankybanks

I don't know. I think it's kind of exciting to work an 80 hour week just to be able to live here, and then to spend my precious few free moments with people of my exact socio-economic group, no matter what neighborhood I happen to be in and "yelping" about at the time. No, wait- I don't. I moved to the East Bay.

Antonio J. Solano
Antonio J. Solano

Mmmaaybe if you're into dodging bullets, crusty streets, and no police for miles.

Todd Begay
Todd Begay

A statement so false it illicits bad grammar.

Rebecca Campos
Rebecca Campos

finally something nice about them and this is coming from sf born girl lives in town east bay!

jbsf481
jbsf481

Oakland >>Brooklyn    SF>>Manhattan  

  Different demographics.

njudah
njudah topcommenter

also what recession in SF? SF is booming and has almost no home foreclosures.

njudah
njudah topcommenter

people in oakland just can't shut the fuck up about talking about oakland. 

christopher.kolmar
christopher.kolmar

You have no idea how proud we are to be "Saturday night [scientists]". Literally been buzzing around the office with that one.

Mark Ballew
Mark Ballew

Good! Go to OAK LAND, more SF for us.

Eric Carlson
Eric Carlson

if it were only limited to BART police! as if that wasn't evil enough..........

Brian Leadingham
Brian Leadingham

Sure it is. Being gunned down by BART police gets me excited.

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

@irreversible.self.pi You're points about SF are all valid but much of the same could be said about Oakland. Blacks in Oakland are officially 28% of the total but 80% of the crime and Oakland is the robbery capital of the nation.

Only morons would label it 'bigotry' to accurately describe Oakland. The main thing that Oakland has going for it is that SF housing is out of sight.

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

@Adrian Scott Peterson Go live in Oakland if you so miss Blacks. Oakland now has almost as homosexuals as SF and everyone else is bored stiff with the whole 'gay' nonsense. I like SF but 'diversity' is way overrated.

irreversible.self.pi
irreversible.self.pi

No police for miles? You obviously aren't from around here. There are police everywhere. It's just that they are actually being useful.

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

@njudah Mostly it's negative talk. Many oldtimers want out of Oakland.

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

@njudah Yes. You almost never hear anybody talking about how great San Francisco is.

irreversible.self.pi
irreversible.self.pi

What does race have to do with it? Regardless, my point exactly is that it is *not* an accurate description. I've lived in almost all the shitty neighborhoods by virtue of being poor, and in a couple great ones by luck. I've seen all the grime the city has to offer. With all the shit, I still find myself preferring years in Oakland's ghettos than 15 minutes in the Tenderloin with bums and crackheads litterally dropping their drawers or squatting on the ground, in front of everyone without pause, piss and shit, in the middle of a busy fucking day. I have seen that too many times to count in SF during my weekend excursions, yet never once in East Bay. Anyway, Oakland has a hell of a lot more than housing, the least of which is its bustling culture of unpretentiousness. SF residents can't find culture with two hands if it was in their back pocket; only devour and conform to their small minded wanna-be desires because American society has labeled SF hip and Oakland a ghetto wasteland.

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

@irreversible.self.pi Yes, really. Oakland has many more Blacks and thus much more crime. Much of Oakland is flat, unscenic and litter ridden beyond belief. SF's history is much more interesting and though both are Demo One Party City-States SF seems more likely to break out of the mold. I'm a native San Franciscan but my boyfriend lives in Oakland and was the first white in a then wholly black area so I don't require instruction from the boobs of PCness. 

Oakland has the most dysfunctional government and Alameda County is even a greater cesspool of corruption than SF and LA.

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

@irreversible.self.pi Typical left goon, illiberal to the core. 'Racism' is an arbitrary construct invented by some leftist in the 20s or 30s. There are race differences as well as sex differences and class differences. Your third sentence is again strictly projection. As for your fourth sentence I could care less as it is pitiful.

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

@irreversible.self.pi More ad hominems from the irreversible one. 'Racism' is an invented 1930s term by some leftist. Your third sentence is again projection by you. And your fourth sentence is truly pathetic.

irreversible.self.pi
irreversible.self.pi

You are actually too stupid to talk to. And too racist. Learn the difference between correlation and causation. Please don't reply to me - it's draining on my faith in humanity, you sad, sad little woman.

irreversible.self.pi
irreversible.self.pi

Classic example of a learned fool who thinks himself wise. You my friend, are an idiot.

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

@irreversible.self.pi Race has everything to do with it as stats for the last 75 years will prove. Open your brain and eyes and you will see.

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