Clues perchance of future Oakland… not?
Downtown scene during last year of World War Two. Notice the SF-style streetcar on Webster. Booze and magazines for sale, reminiscent of De Lauer’s Magazine shop or Farley’s East. Hm…
Here’s a shot of Lower Rockridge’s main street. Note the old streetcar rails in the ground. This is a solidly Italian neighborhood of 1906 SF’s earthquake refugees. Photo taken during Christmas holiday season in 1930, during the US’ 1920-1933 Prohibition era when alcoholic beverages were ILLEGAL. And that was as effective as DMCA/RIIA lawsuits against Napster, or the so-called war of drugs. Merchants: liquor and cigar shop, ice cream saloon, hardware store, shoe store, and a “piggly wiggly” grocery chain store. Nothing really changes.
Chevy plant on what is now Eastmont Mall, a ghost mall.
Just go check these photos out already.