Everything moves too slowly, is too boring, or too dangerous. Oakland is strange in that everything gets shut down at 9pm. You wonder, “why the fuck do they close down so early?” then you get swarmed by weirdos, drunks and druggies, all whom magically appear at 9pm, and you know why.
Oakland is probably the most ghettoized city in the US. The black women are all fat and Whoopi Goldberg ugly. The latinos are run down and super overweight. Oakland is also tattoo and white hipster central. Hipsters have nothing to live for and no big dreams to accomplish. Their only goal is that of a nihilistic aesthetic where they ask themselves if they appear interesting to the mirror mirror on the wall.
Oakland also has lots of lesbians and man-hating, tatted-out, hipsterish or punk girls with a chip on their shoulder. Oakland has the highest number of lesbian couples per capita in the country. I was just at the grocery store and I saw maybe five lesbian couples per aisle. San Francisco might be a gay man’s paradise, but Oakland has the largest and most diverse queer female population I’ve ever witnessed. It’s a race to be the biggest freakshow on the block for the sole purpose of standing out aesthetically but not intellectually. The best analogy I can give you is walking through the zoo and viewing the animals on display. Lots of butch looking girls, short hair, dirty, unapologetic, etc. Basically the exact opposite of SoCal (hot chicks, beaches, sunny weather year round etc).
The main thing Oakland has going for it is it’s more diverse (ethnically) than SF. Oakland all in all sucks though. It’s trying to come back but it has a long way to go. Many parts of the city feel kind of iffy and it still has that blue collar kind of feel even though certain areas are becoming hipster.