I live in Oakland to be
more precise West Oakland in a neighborhood informally called Lower
Bottoms or The Bottoms.The area was originally part of Oakland Point.
It's a residential area made up of Victorian homes just a ten minute
BART ride from flourishing San Francisco. The neighborhood earned its
nickname after the construction of the Cypress Freeway in the 1950s that
split the West Oakland neighborhood in two and isolated The Bottoms and
Campbell Village Court from the remainder of West Oakland. The Cypress
Freeway fell in the 1989 earthquake. Making the neighborhood boundaries
Mandela Parkway to the east, 7th Street
to the south, West Grand Avenue to the north, and the former Oakland Army Base to the west. This is a ongoing documentary project. Check back for more updates.
Colleen Cummins is a native Californian born in San Diego. She received a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University in 2008. Where she was a multimedia producer as well as multimedia photo editor for SF State’s online publication [X]press. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, Summer Class 2007 and interned for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in the summer of 2007 as a staff photographer and the Palo Alto Weekly in the fall of 2008. Spent several years a a newspaper shooter for the Appeal-Democrat in Marysville,Calif., and is now a freelancer based in West Oakland.
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