About

Formed in 2014, the San Pablo Area Revitalization Collaborative (SPARC) is dedicated to improving health and wellbeing of 8,000 residents living near and along 1.5 miles of the San Pablo Avenue Corridor and the surrounding neighborhoods in West Oakland. Rather than reinventing what many others are already doing towards this goal, the Collaborative will build on neighborhood assets, align efforts, and pool resources to better achieve common outcomes. With the neighborhood’s help to inform priorities, SPARC has identified actions to implement over the next five years. Questions about SPARC? Please contact Romi Hall at rhall@ebaldc.org.

History

Decades ago, the San Pablo Avenue Corridor was a largely African-American neighborhood with a thriving business, music and cultural scene. Years of disinvestment in housing, schools and jobs have resulted in abandoned housing and vacant land and a neighborhood more often associated with crime than its rich history or its arts and community assets. Oakland is undergoing rapid changes that include new economic development and rising housing prices. These changes bring both opportunities and risks for the Corridor’s neighborhoods, attracting new investments but also creating economic pressures for low-income residents.

Neighborhood Statistics

  • African American children born in West Oakland and the San Pablo Avenue Corridor live 14 years less than Caucasian children in the Oakland hills
  • 83% of residents are people of color
  • 55% of residents are between the ages of 19 and 55
  • 34% of residents live at or below the poverty level
  • 69% of residents do not have an associate, bachelor or graduate school degree
  • 75% of residents rent their home and
  • 57% of those residents spend more than 35% of their income on rent
  • High blood pressure is one of the top reasons for visits to the emergency room visits