Oakland Earns Top Marks For Art

Oakland's top marks for art, not crime.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Jan 11, 2013  |  Updated 1:38 PM PDT
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Oakland, California: art mecca.

It's the truth. Events like Art Murmur, the Everett & Jones barbecue and the Burning Man-attendee infested Crucible art factory earned the East Bay city a sport on ArtPlace's national list of the top 12 neighborhoods made vibrant by art.

"Oakland is experiencing a new energy that hasn't been seen since the 1940s," Art Place declares.

Art Place also honored other places familiar to the local artistically-inclined: Portland's Pearl District and San Francisco's Mission District -- what is this, the 1990s? -- ended up on Art Place's top spots for the finer things.

The full list according to ArtPlace is here.


  • Brooklyn, NY / The intersection of Downtown, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights
  • Dallas, TX / The Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park
  • Los Angeles, CA / Central Hollywood
  • Miami Beach, FL / South Beach
  • Milwaukee, WI / East Town and a portion of the Lower East Side
  • New York, NY / Manhattan Valley
  • Oakland, CA / Downtown, including Chinatown, Old Oakland and Jack London Square
  • Philadelphia, PA / Old City
  • Portland, OR / The Pearl District and a portion of Downtown
  • San Francisco, CA / The Mission District
  • Seattle, WA / The Pike-Pine Corridor
  • Washington, DC / The intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle

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