Neighborhood gentrification is a predictable, inevitable cycle as old as society:
Phase I: Physical Dilapidation & Low Economic Value
Phase II: Artist Revitalization
Phase III: Displacement of original resident who have been priced out
I try to find places in the golden age of this cycle, in the thick of Phase II before the high-rise condo developers catch on when there's a contagious and palpable vibrancy, uncalculated eccentricity, refreshing diversity, and supportive community.
Oakland is arguably in this golden era, epitomized by its Temescal Alley. Just around the corner from Telegraph, the walking-only street hosts a horticultural shop that will put your pinterest page to shame, a barbershop, vintage wears, and independent design boutiques whose creators make new goods in their in-shop studios while you browse. It's romantic and so incredibly timely.
Sharing this gem with you all is contributing to the gentrification cycle....here come the high-rise condos...