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Coordinates: 37°43′57.71″N 122°10′43.66″W / 37.7326972°N 122.1787944°W / 37.7326972; -122.1787944 Sobrante Park is located in East Oakland CA, separated from the rest of the city by railroad tracks and industrial neighborhoods.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] 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.

Sobrante Park is a mostly African-American and Latino neighborhood, with African-Americans forming 53.5%, and Latinos forming about 38%[1].

Sobrante Park and Ghostown, Oakland, California have been two of the most crime-ridden areas on Oakland. [2] [3]



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