Letter from the Editor
What makes a neighborhood great?
Keri Hayes Troutman gets to the bottom of that question in “Six Great Neighborhoods: There’s No Place Like a Home,” an exploration of some of Oakland’s most interesting neighborhoods. Troutman steps in to Temescal, Rockridge, Laurel, Fruitvale, Maxwell Park and Montclair and introduces readers to a few of their neighbors in a handful of those special neighborhoods. What makes these areas super appealing are their rising home values, their architecturally interesting homes, their associated thriving commercial conveniences and the vibrant cultural diversity of their residents. There’s something else, too: neighborhood involvement, which allows each area to develop its own strong sense of identity.
Oakland has about 50 “official” neighborhoods, and these six are great examples of ones worth getting to know. If you’re curious about the cost of housing throughout Oakland, this article touches on that, too, showcasing what buyers can get for $500,000, $750,000, $1 million and $2 million.
The other major chunk of the May issue is dedicated to outstanding Oakland high school students. In “Great Graduates: 15 Success Stories from Oakland Schools,” writer JoAnne Tobias catalogues the stories of graduating seniors who have some amazing life stories to share. Tobias asked principals, teachers, counselors, volunteer groups and others to suggest students for the honor. The roster of seniors includes articulate teens from public and private schools, charter schools and homeschools. They’re smart, motivated and passionate about what they do now and what they’ll be doing in the future.
Judith M. Gallman