10,000 Steps #1

Name: 10,000 Steps #1
Description: Explore Oakland via its original city squares. Includes audio at some stops.
City: Oakland, CA
Duration: 120 minutes
Distance: 1.75 miles
Guide: Sue Mark and Bruce Douglas
Mode: walking
Features: audio history 
Starts at: 672 - 11th St.

Directions to 672 - 11th St.
Walking the Invisible City
courtesy 10000 Steps

The 10,000 Steps project explored Oakland’s city squares, past and present. It culminated in a permanent meandering neighborhood narrative, ‘Walking the Invisible City’. This looped walk, marked with permanent conversational sidewalk stepping stones, reveals the city within the city: hidden local lore, architectural and cultural history, and points of urban transformation all centered around these historic parks.

Stops with a yellow marker on the above map have an audio component. At each stop, look for the 10,000 Steps oak tree design etched in the sidewalk.

Note: Because of construction, some markers may be inaccessible. Also note that some of the markers have become worn over time and can be harder to see. And some are gone completely.

For your convenience, this tour has been broken into 2 parts. Part 1 is mostly west of Broadway, and Part 2 is mostly east of Broadway.

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More information about this tour

tour map

Note: markers are for tour stops, not necessarily on the point of interest
  1. Pardee Home 🎧
  2. Mother Mary Ann Wright
  3. Lafayette Square 🎧
  4. Oakland High School
  5. Fong Wan Herb Co.
  6. Housewives Market 🎧
  7. Jefferson Square 🎧
  8. Jefferson Square playground 🎧
  9. Jefferson Square - Español
  10. La Borinqueña Mexicatessen 🎧
  11. Washington Square
  12. Central Pacific Station
  13. Ratto's Market and Deli
  14. Swan's Market 🎧
  15. Scotlan Convention Center
  16. Key System Building 🎧
  17. 9th and Broadway 🎧
  18. 8th and Broadway 🎧