What Does Lynch’s 5 Elements Reveal About Oakland, CA?

Using Kevin Lynch’s approach to analyzing the image of cities, Los Angeles County Planner Clement Lau explores Oakland and reveals a city that is quite different than it's public image.

How does the reality of a city measure up to the perceptions? That is what planner Clement Lau sought to find out when he recently visited Oakland with his family.

Using planner Kevin Lynch’s 5 Elements, Lau found a city with a rich architectural history and other elements that point to fertile ground for tourists to explore.  Additionally, the elements, and the urban assets they reveal, point to a promising future.

“While Oakland may have its share of problems such as high crime and unemployment, I believe that we should also be aware of the many positives of the city.  The aesthetics of Oakland is not often discussed, but after seeing what I have seen, I must conclude that beauty, hope, and strength are ever present in a city that is often belittled and hidden in the shadow of San Francisco.”

Full Story: The Image of Oakland


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