Grove-west side 5300 block 1952

Stores (including the Santa Fe Bakery at 5339 Grove Street) with second floor apartments, on the west side of the 5300 block of Grove Street (now Martin Luther King Jr. Way), Temescal district, Oakland, Calif. Note the streetcar tracks running along Grove Street. These buildings were likely demolished in the 1960s when Grove Street was widened to accommodate the elevated Richmond line BART tracks running along the center of Grove Street.

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Date of Document:
1952 (earliest date on form: 3-5-52)

Document Author:
Unknown (Valva Realty?)

Geographic Location:
5339 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, Calif.

In the latter part of the 19th century, Temescal was the name used to refer not just to the small village that had grown up where Telegraph Road crossed Temescal Creek (today s 51st Street), but to the area extending north from the Oakland city line, at about 38th Street, to the Berkeley border, and from Broadway on the east, to the Emeryville border on the west. Over time, as streetcar lines were established and residential and commercial development intensified, distinct neighborhoods formed often around a business district gradually narrowing how Temescal was defined.

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