Mary's Story

Longfellow neighborhood

What's the best way to learn about the history of your block? Ask a neighbor!

"We were here way before everyone else."

"He used to watch out for my pops in grade school."

"There's a neighborhood submarine on Murray Street...and you can ride in it!!"

"The magic corner of Free Things on Marshall & 59th Street."

These quotes are from some of the more than 200 stories we’ve already gathered from North Oakland neighbors at the library, potlucks, block parties and workshops. As North Oakland continues to grow and change, Commons Archive is gathering neighbors' memories to preserve the area’s many histories.

Visit our Instagram -- we’re spotlighting powerful neighbor stories. And when you see a neighbor on your next walk, share some memories!

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Memory Card Collection


Golden Gate Rec Center Story Share


Neighborhood Research Sessions


Sidewalk Stories