Unintentionally, my blog has become a bit heavy over the past couple weeks. There’s just been so much going on in the political realm that there’s been little time to reflect on the unfiltered beautfy of Oakland. It’s also been a ridiculously long time since I’ve posted a Monday morning distractions post so I thought I was due in. Hopefully this will be the start to bringing back some balance to Living in the O.
A few weeks ago, I had a meeting on a sunny Saturday morning near Jack London Square so afterward I decided to walk down to JLS. One of the first things I noticed was that Jack London Market looked completely finished.
I’m guessing they’re still working on the interior, and of course they still have to lease the spaces, but it’s exciting to see the building nearly completed.
I walked along the water and enjoyed the gorgeous view. The Bay was packed with people on boats enjoying the day.
It had been quite a long time since I’d walked along this part of the water, and I hadn’t remembered how pleasant it could be. There were tons of benches to sit on, and plenty of beautiful succulents and flowers to admire.
After enjoying the waterfront, I walked towards the Amtrak station. The following week I came back to take the train to Sacramento, a trip which I’d highly recommend – it’s a very scenic ride and so much more relaxing than driving.
On my way back towards downtown, I walked by the Ellington (which I got a chance to tour the following week). I think the building is beautiful and a great addition to the neighborhood.
Though JLS seems like it hasn’t fully reached its potential, it felt much more active and vibrant than the last time I visited and I hope it will continue to move in this direction. Once the market opens and the units in the new buildings fill up, I think JLS might become an Oakland destination. Now if there was just a quick and easy way to get there by bus.