Centennial Celebration Set for July 21 at Swan's Market

The East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation has transformed the market into its vibrant current self.


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Image courtesy of EBALDC

Swan's Market is celebrating its hundredth anniversary this year.

To celebrate this centennial, the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation will host a hundredth birthday party at the market on July 21. 

Having originally opened in 1917 in the district that would later be called Old Oakland, Swan's Market expanded in stages over the next thirty years. But as in the ensuing decades it became gradually divided from the bulk of the city by the construction of a BART station, a police station, and the 880 and 980 freeways, the market closed its doors in 1984 -- only to be acquired and renovated twelve years later by the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, a local organization that aims to increase safe, affordable, accessible homes and neighborhoods.

While the block where Swan's Market stands was once more or less blighted, the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation worked to revitalize it by establishing a diverse blend of artistic, cultural, and culinary influences -- now vibrantly manifested by restaurants (including Deep Roots Oakland, Super Juiced, Miss Ollie's, and more), nonprofits, and cohousing condominiums.

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