Saturday, May 15, 2010

West Oakland Gentrification Tutorial

Step 1: Find a pile of trash

Step 2: Send an email to
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 11:27:09 -0700
Subject: Illegal dumping on Peralta St. @ 8th St.
From: Andrei Soroker <>

Dear Public Works Agency,

I must report a sizable pile of cardboard boxes filled with various miscellanea strewn about the sidewalk next to an AC Transit bus stop bench on Peralta St. near 8th St. (please see attached photograph).

I'd love to spend some of my property tax money to get it cleaned up.

Thank you!

Andrei Soroker

Step 3: Receive a confirmation email
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 13:56:09 -0700
Subject: PWA SR# 336723 - PERALTA ST & 8TH ST - LIT_ILL_DUMP Received

Please DO NOT REPLY to this email. This email is automatically sent from a mailbox that is not monitored. Reply to

Information regarding the Service Request you submitted to the City of Oakland, Public Works Agency, is provided in the table below.

Please note that the Service Request is automatically set to ‘Closed’ if we have sent the request to another agency to perform the work such as the Oakland Police Department, Community and Economic Development Agency, EBMUD, etc.

Thank you for helping to make Oakland a better place to live, work and visit.

City of Oakland, Public Works Agency, Call Center
510.615.5566 - (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm) -

Step 4: Gentrification complete


  1. This is awesome! Thank you!

  2. Nice. A smartphone app to send a picture with GPS coordinates and brief description would be very useful. Few cities already have those apps for iphone.

  3. Hi there, very cool blog you got here. Personally I just started one about what I think could be the journey of my life (though not globally). If you're interested, pay me a visit, follow my blog or leave a comment. I have a supsicion people might relate to it, and perhaps find some comfort or recognition in it.


    a Dreamer

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  5. " your only allowed in west oakland due to gentrification...realize this is product of ur government destroying peoples lives so ur fuckin ass can drive your little gay ass car around west oakland and feel safe eatin ur burritos at night...and ur gloryfying ur lucky fools in ur area dont know u postin this shit"