photo by ismenelikphoto by ismenelik

The transit village was a development effort by the city, planners, neighborhood activists, and developers, to bring a mix of housing, services, retail, and transit together near the Fruitvale BART station.

There's a plaza that runs through the development creating a pedestrian area between the BART station and International Blvd. There's a farmer's market here on Thursday afternoons, but even when there's no market, there are sometimes vendors in the plaza.

In addition to services and stores (see below), there are 47 apartments with 10 designated as affordable units.


Fruitvale Village directory (photo by mk30)


sign with mosaic
photo CC SA-BY Our Oakland

Project History

The Unity Council and its Executive Director Arabella Martinez were one of the key driving forces behind this project. This 2005 case study provides a highly detailed look at the project and how it came together.

Links and Resources

  • "The Good Life", by Charles Smith, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, August 1, 2004