Laurel is one of the many culturally diverse neighborhoods in Oakland. It is situated between the foot of the Oakland hills and Mills College. At the heart of the neighborhood lies MacArthur Boulevard, a bustling shopping area with annual festivals and many local shops. The Laurel arches on MacArthur Blvd. greet visitors where MacArthur intersects 35th Avenue and High Street.
35th Avenue is the defining east-west reference point through the Laurel District. The south end of Laurel goes past High Street to the point where Interstate 580 and Highway 13 intersect. High Street is a major street in the Laurel District. Heading west from Macarthur Blvd. it goes to the south end of the Fruitvale District, but as it heads to the east, past the Laurel Post Office and St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church and School, it goes about a half mile before ending and turning to other smaller residential streets (if followed eventually arrives at Highway 13). 38th Avenue is parallel to and in between 35th Ave and High St, and if traveled to the west a few blocks, just past Interstate 580, it enters the Allendale, Oakland District. To the north of 35th Avenue a couple of miles is Coolidge Avenue, separating Laurel from the Dimond District.
But 35th Avenue is the main drag on the east-west axis—since it goes straight all the way to East 14th Street to the west, and goes east up to Skyline Boulevard and even beyond into the East Bay Regional Park District, eventually winding all the way to Castro Valley, some twenty miles southeast. 35th Avenue changes names in the process, becoming Redwood Road some eight blocks above MacArthur Boulevard, where there is a curve. At this point the neighborhood is called Redwood Heights. The street retains the name Redwood Road as it drops down the east side of Skyline into the park lands and becomes a rural road.
Laurel, much as other surrounding communities, continues to change and progress. The neighborhood shows signs of these changes as older homes are renovated and community involvement increases.
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