Oakland Loses Its Seoul

Neighborhood complaints cost city $17,000

By Sajid Farooq
|  Monday, Feb 1, 2010  |  Updated 11:45 AM PDT
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Oakland Loses Its Seoul

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Oakland doesn't have as much Seoul as it once did. Photo: Rococohobo on Flickr

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Oakland totally has soul but it doesn't have as much Seoul as it thought.

Signs declaring the East Bay city's Korean connections are coming down along a 14-block stretch of Telegraph Avenue.

Residents tell the San Francisco Chronicle they were surprised when they banners go up along the busy, multi-ethnic cooridor saying “Oakland’s Got Seoul.” Residents complained the neighborhood's Korean population doesn't justify the placement of the signs especially considering the area is home to a slew of Ethiopians, Yemenis, Afghan, Asians, Hispanics and African Americans.

"Where did that come from?" Mohsin Sharif, the co-owner of the recently opened Oasis Middle Eastern Market, told the Chronicle.

The signs came from the wallet of the cash strapped city at the tune of $12,000. It will cost Oakland another $5,000 to take the signs down.

Neighborhood merchants will meet to come up with a more inclusive name in the coming weeks. We think the merchants should stick to Pill Hill since it works on numerous levels.

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