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West Side Stories

Gentrification in West Oakland

West Side Stories

Gentrification in West Oakland

We tend to talk about gentrification as one story: newcomers displace long-time residents, erasing history and disrupting culture in the process. But living through dramatic neighborhood change always brings up many stories. Those stories--from West Oakland's people and places--are what this interactive is all about.

There's a lot to disagree about, when it comes to gentrification. But one thing seems beyond debate. If you're new to a place, it's good to know a thing or two about its history. So West Oakland's proud past is one of the most important stories you'll learn about in West Side Stories.


The Team

West Side Stories is a project of Youth Radio Interactive, a production company in downtown Oakland where young people collaborate with professional developers to create dynamic stories like this one.

The Youth Team

Senay Alkebulan

Maya Escobar

Isabella Ordaz

Donta Jackson

Storm White

Eli Arbreton

Joi Smith

The Staff

Asha Richardson
Project Manager

Lo Benichou
Interactive News Developer

Teresa Chin
Producer and Designer

Lissa Soep
Senior Editor

Clifford Lee

Ike Sriskandarajah
Science Producer

This interactive was inspired by and adapted from Young Hahn's Shelock Holmes map.

Submit Your Stories

We would love to consider adding your story to our map. Note that submitting a story does not guarantee that we will publish it.

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Youth Radio's West Side Stories Agreement

By pressing “Submit,” I agree that I wish to submit material (the “Contribution”) as part of West Side Stories, a project of Youth Radio. I affirm that I am over 13 years of age, and I affirm that I have taken all steps necessary to make this agreement binding. The Contribution I have submitted is original. I affirm that none of it is copyrighted by or in any way the property of others, and I agree to indemnify Youth Radio in the event anyone claims that it is their material and that I do not own it. In consideration of the recording of the Contribution, I hereby grant to Youth Radio a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, fully-paid-up license to make all uses whatsoever of the Contribution, including without limitation editing, broadcasting, streaming, publishing, and copying the Contribution for both commercial and non-commercial purposes, and including the use of my name, in connection with that use. Youth Radio may make these uses and may assign or sub-license these rights without permission from or payment to me. I hereby release Youth Radio and its licensees, including their respective employees, directors, officers, agents, successors, and assigns, from all claims which I now have, have ever had or may hereafter have against them relating in any way to the Contribution. This agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the internal law of the State of California, without regard to conflicts of laws, and any dispute arising out of this agreement shall be brought in the federal or state courts located in Oakland, California.