Dynamic Divergence: Town Pride – Oakland 100 years since becoming “Detroit of The West”

IMG_9202“Young blood, you should get you a Old Skool. Now that’s a true investment that’ll always increase in value” this old Black man said to me as he tried to sell me his 1971 Cutlass Supreme he’d just dumped $18,000 worth of work into. I was on my way to firm up details for a DJ gig that required me to walk through the monthly fair weather gathering between 21st and West Grand once anchored by the Telegraph Giant Burger location and the dueling Gas Stations on either side of Telegraph Avenue.

When I returned to the East Bay in 2011, it was a haven of the Oakland that had been rather key in bringing my family in their journey to this pocket of the West Coast. In the early 20th Century, Oakland more or less was The Detroit of The West.

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Dynamic Divergence: A Gay Dude (Or a Lesbian) Probably Designed That Car You Love. And Maybe Black People Saved Cadillac…

31703287382_70fbf71fe7_zOne theory I constantly want to debuke about the Automobile, either created once upon a time, or as an item we covet now, is that cars are the provenance of straight, by and large white, men. Since at least the mid-Century, if not earlier, manufacturers employed women, minorities and queers to help design the dreams that we all stare back at with rose tinted glasses.

The reality of the times meant that many of those that were outsiders to the mainstream fantasy marketed as “normalcy” didn’t have a chance to be celebrated in their time, However. My objective is to carve out more unique stories of who designed, built, bought and loved the machines that moved us alongside these amazing rides of the past as we climb into the future.

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Dynamic Divergence: Driving While Black, Part 2 – Redlining On The Road

14440911_1301386729872350_3531472899202609558_nOnce upon a time, in an America of a not too distant past, there was an interesting dynamic of who had access to necessities. In a country where we believe the myth of hard work and perseverance gets us far and wide, systematically bigotry kept and still keeps a number of people behind invisible yet visible lines of life.

Most would de-mark that to Redlining policies when it comes to the essential of housing, but how did it look, to be a person of color in pursuit of motor vehicles, past and present?

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Dynamic Divergence: Driving While Black, Part 1

image-16-e1424634550280It’s worth note of the potential freedoms that driving and motor vehicle ownership offer people. I’ve been thinking of the scales between the freedom and consequences of the motor vehicle quite often over the last year.

You see, your blog hosting car photographer is a good 15 months on from owning his own vintage iron. I sold my 1973* Mercedes Benz 280 SE 4.5 over a year ago.

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