Street Stories: Oakland

A project by Mills College
The story of Oakland is one of deep history, vibrant arts, political activism, and social change. These tours were developed by undergraduates at Mills College, as part of a pilot digital humanities course in the English Department. Each of the tours uses physical location in the City of Oakland to reveal complex stories of history, change, and conflict in one of the most dynamic urban centers of the U.S.

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Recent Stories

Any history of transportation in Oakland is simply incomplete without discussing Henry J. Kaiser. As one of the most influential business tycoons in the area, Kaiser invested much of his wealth into…

This Oakland-based nonprofit is all about Transportation. Founded in 1997, TransForm is first and foremost an advocacy group that sees transportation in city planning as the key to creating thriving…

What rights do we give up when we step into a public space? A subway platform? In another story on this site, my colleague Stacey wrote about the death of Oscar Grant in her tour, Oakland Under…

Many who are not from Hawai’i think of the Lilo and Stitch quote “‘Ohana means family, family means noone gets left behind.” The Hawaiian word ‘Ohana does mean family, but a family can be…