Coordinates: Sobrante Park is located in East Oakland CA, separated from the rest of the city by railroad tracks and industrial neighborhoods. It was built shortly after World War II,First as a White-Only Lockout and then gradually becoming a White flight red-zone in the mid to late 50's.THEN in the early 60's it became a working-class black neighborhood.Interestingly,it was projected by planners that there would be no in-road into SanLeandro's Davis St.residential area which was developed during the same period.
In the 1980s the neighborhood became a center of crack cocaine dealing. A large gang from the neighborhood gave itself the nickname, "11-5" (or "11-500") which refers to the section of California State's legal code for drug crimes. A memorial to 32 men and six women members of the gang who have been killed since then (as of 2002) was painted on the basketball court in Tyrone Carney Park, a local park named after a young man from the neighborhood who died in the Vietnam war. The city installed a fence around the park in an attempt to reduce the murders and drug dealing that had been taking place in and around the park.