3.0 out of 10

Old City / Produce & Water

Ranked 24th best neighborhood in Oakland
37.7995397381989 -122.27753887775
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters


1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5

"Grungy Industrial Zone"

Old City, also known as the Produce and Water district, is a commercial melting pot of sorts comprising of industrial businesses, anonymous depots and cluttered warehouses. It is also small, spanning about 0.5 square miles of murky commercial terrain. Its largest drawback is the district’s increasing crime rate, which continues to disrupt the neighborhood’s growth. Demographically speaking, the neighborhood is very diverse (of its 2,000 residents), encompassing a large asian majority with a rather sizable hispanic and black minority.

Old City’s commercial quarters are not too exciting. Its mostly comprised of struggling businesses trying to survive the economic downturn. And it shows with its gritty business parks, unpolished construction depots and other such industrialized zones usually saturating every block. If you head towards the northern end of the neighborhood (closest to downtown Oakland), you’ll find a plethora of glossy, towering businesses that will hopefully carry over into its own quarters soon (but probably not).

As for its residential space, it is heavily tied to the few newly constructed condominiums and apartment homes. If you’re driving through the area, you’ll notice the few polished, mid-rise apartment buildings and condominium complexes that scatter the area. They usually only offer about 2-4 rooms of living space, at least according to city data that was made available in 2009. Also, the data shows that most of the community has less than a high school education while median household income is around $25,000, way below the city’s average.

The single biggest influence on Oakland is its vibrant (and I use this term loosely) African American community, which has managed to hold its ground in the face of the continual churning of the Oakland economy. The neighborhood’s biggest assets are the Jack London Square Amtrak Station, which anchors the southeastern end of the district, and the 12th Street Oakland City Center Bart Station, which skirts the eastern side. Both are main contributions to the district’s buoyed economic development. Commuters also have convenient access to both Highway 880 and 980.

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Best Streets in Old City / Produce & Water


Water St

"nicest pedestrian street in oakland"
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Unranked Streets in Old City / Produce & Water

10th St

"Old City New Again"
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4th St

"A great location to start exploring Oakland."
37.797774531235 -122.276383893842

8th St

"The Trappist and Expensive Gentrified Apartments"
37.8015764752268 -122.277275140466

9th St

"One way street through the heart of Chinatown"
37.8020564797177 -122.276365796289

Clay St

"A Boring Street"
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Posey Tube

"The connection between Oakland and Alameda"
37.7946125507455 -122.272830886557

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