the 7 lives of 7th street – {oakland | underground}

jazz clubs. people. “harlem of the west.” businesses.  tear the houses down.  bart. tear more down. build a freeway right through us. the freeway falls down.  rebuild it.

west oakland, particularly, 7th street, has seen it’s share of progression, regression, and stagnation.  for a while, many have wanted to preserve it’s history of being the blues and jazz mecca of the west coast.  one time it was through a video game.  now, it’s through a walk of fame.  whatever the case, at least people see the value of what once was, and what can be done to make sure it’s documented.

i took a stroll through what was this happening spot and didn’t find all the activity that was once there.

what use to look like this…

Apartment Block 7th St West Oakland 1940. credit: City-Data.Com

now looks like this...

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redevelopment abounds.  but what’s going to replace what’s there now?  will all the stories be told? there’s hope. 🙂

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Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 19 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.

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