"Emeryville yuppified" Emeryville by jvsabas
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I've lived in Emeryville since 1988. In fifteen years, City Hall has transformed the old dilapitated shrinking industrial town into a high tech, trendy destination for residents of West and South Berkeley, North and West Oakland. When I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, all I ever associated with the place were the cool driftwood art you could see as you turned on I-80 past the Emeryville mud flats going towards the Bay Bridge toll plaza.
Out went the abandoned factories, steel mills, rusting trailer beds, 55 gallon tanks, and a huge fenced off open space. In it's place are gourmet foods, hotels, malls, theaters, electronic mega stores, restaurants. As a resident, I can't say that I disagree with what's happened. Pictures of the old broken down town may look interesting on an artsy coffee table photo album book, but they were ugly to walk by, walk in, or walk around.
When I moved to Emeryville the old Town Hall meeting was no longer in use. While the grounds were kept up, there was little activity inside the building.
Well that's changed. Here's the brand spanking new City Hall with the modern addition adjoining the old Town Hall. City Council, now conducts meeting on this side of town.
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