The Laurel district claims MacArthur itself as its center. Longstanding neighborhood market Farmer Joe’s sits under the “Laurel” welcome sign. These communities straddle a space (economic, ethnic and geographic) between the two categories that many locals refer to: the hills and the flatlands.
Dude, no one ever mentions the Laurel area!!! Thank you! I used to live there when I was a kid, and I explain it as “kinda the hills, but kinda East Oakland.” No one really knew what I was talking about. Thanks for the nostalgia! Patterson Avenue, son! lol