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In the early 1900s, newspapers proclaimed that Oakland would become “the great metropolis of the West Coast.” During these boom years, East Bay politicians and business leaders celebrated a hot air balloon called “The City of Oakland” as a representation of the region’s rising prospects. This episode explores the relationship between the balloon’s eventual fate and Oakland’s economic trajectory. Featuring an interview with Gene Anderson, author of “Legendary Locals of Oakland

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The Long Lost Oakland map is available to purchase at E.M. Wolfman bookstore in downtown Oakland. [Art: T.L. Simons]

Long Lost Oakland, chapter 4

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