Golden Gate, Oakland, California

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Golden Gate
Neighborhood of Oakland
San Pablo Avenue during Love Our Neighborhood Day 2014
San Pablo Avenue during Love Our Neighborhood Day 2014
Location of Golden Gate in Oakland
Location of Golden Gate in Oakland
Coordinates: 37°50′41″N 122°17′01″W / 37.8447°N 122.2835°W / 37.8447; -122.2835
Country United States
State California
County Alameda
City Oakland
 • Oakland City Council, District 1 Dan Kalb
Elevation 40 ft (10 m)

The Golden Gate neighborhood of Oakland, California is located in the northwest corner of the city, east of Emeryville and south of Berkeley. It includes the Golden Gate Shopping District, the stretch of San Pablo Avenue between 53rd Street on the south, and the Oakland-Berkeley border at 67th Street to the north.[1] The neighborhood includes the area from a few blocks west of San Pablo Avenue (the Emeryville border) to Adeline Street on the east.[2][3]

The district includes cafes and arts establishments.[4][5][6]


Golden Gate branch of the Oakland Public Library.

The area was inhabited by the Huchiun band of the Ohlone people, then was part of the Rancho San Antonio grant, which was split up following the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.[7]

Charles Alexander Klinkner[8] built 75 homes in the area and called it Klinknerville, established in 1885. A Klinknerville post office was established in 1887. The name was changed to Golden Gate in 1888.[9] The town was annexed to Oakland in 1897.[10]

The Golden Gate branch of the Oakland Library opened in 1918. It was built with funds from a 1914 Carnegie grant. Its design, by Donovan and Dickie, is a good example of early 20th century Georgian Revival Architecture.[11]

In the first half of the 20th century, Golden Gate was an entertainment district, with over 50 bars[12] including the original Trader Vic's location at the northeast corner of San Pablo Ave & 65th St where the Mai Tai drink was purportedly invented.[13] In the last half of the 20th century the retail district underwent a period of decline[14] and by 1998 was considered blighted by the city of Oakland.[15]

During the 1950s, the area became majority African American.[7]

In 1982, the East Bay Negro Historical Society (EBNHS) was invited into the Golden Gate Branch of the Oakland Public Library, making it the first Oakland city library with a predominantly African American focused collection. The collection was housed in the entire left side of the library where the children's section of the library is now located. The assistance of Mayor Lionel Wilson, Assemblyman Elihu Harris, and others helped the organization establish a solid foundation in their new home. Following the appointment of Dr. Lawrence Crouchett as its executive director in 1988, the organization changed its name to the Northern California Center for Afro-American History & Life (NCCAAHL). In 1994, the City of Oakland and the NCCAAHL merged to create the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO). This unique public/private partnership entered a historic juncture with the opening of AAMLO in February 2002. Located at 659 14th Street, AAMLO is now housed in the former Charles S. Greene library, an historic 1902 Carnegie building.

The Golden Gate Shopping District was the location of Your Black Muslim Bakery, which made national headlines in August 2007 when the bakery was raided by the Oakland police and shut down.[16]

By 2010 the area was undergoing a process of gentrification, including controversially being dubbed "NOBE" by some realtors.[7]

Starting in 2014, the neighborhood has hosted Love Our Neighborhood Day, an open streets festival in which San Pablo Avenue is car free.[17]


Oakland North has covered the neighborhood since 2008[18] and Oakland Local since 2009.[19]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Golden Gate District Profile
  2. ^ City of Oakland Pedestrian Safety Project (2004). "Walk Oakland!" (map). Rufus Graphics, San Francisco. 
  3. ^ "Neighborhood Search Map". Oakland Museum of California. Archived from the original on 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  4. ^ Laura McCamy (2013-12-26). "New destinations, part one: Golden Gate merchants reflect their eclectic neighborhood". Oakland Local. 
  5. ^ Laura McCamy (2013-12-26). "Sidebar: Three good reasons to stop by Oakland’s Golden Gate". Oakland Local. 
  6. ^ Stephanie Wright Hession (2014-01-09). "San Pablo Avenue, Golden Gate district, Oakland". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  7. ^ a b c Brock Winstead (2014). "On Becoming a Historic Resident of Oakland". Boom: A Journal of California. 
  8. ^ Charles A. Klinkner and family, from the Joseph R. Knowland collection at the Oakland History Room, Oakland Public Library
  9. ^ California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State, By David L. Durham, Published by Word Dancer Press, 1998, ISBN 1-884995-14-4, ISBN 978-1-884995-14-9
  10. ^ Past and Present of Alameda County, California - S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1914
  11. ^ Carnegie Libraries, Oakland/Golden Gate
  12. ^ Ryan Phillips (2012-03-26). "The shuttered bars of the Golden Gate". Oakland North. 
  13. ^ Teresa Chin (November 15, 2010). "After the fire, Oakland’s love of tiki burns on". 
  14. ^ The Golden Gate District: Then & Now
  15. ^ A 1998 photo essay on the neighborhood
  16. ^ "Bean pies, power, sex and death at Oakland's Your Black Muslim Bakery". San Francisco Chronicle. August 12, 2007. 
  17. ^ Annalee Allen (2015-05-24). "Allen: San Pablo Avenue comes alive Saturday for "Love our Neighborhood Day"". Oakland Tribune. 
  18. ^ Golden Gate coverage at Oakland North
  19. ^ Golden Gate coverage at Oakland Local

Coordinates: 37°50′41″N 122°17′01″W / 37.8447°N 122.2835°W / 37.8447; -122.2835