this is a bustling street with a great deal of activity during the day and evening. most of the businesses are cafes, restaurants and shops. i think there may be a few bars, but this is not a drinking street, so there are not rowdy crowds.
crime is low, almost exclusively property crime, and is primarily on piedmont ave. most of the small side streets are very quiet. my street is a dead end off piedmont, with a lot of small houses, where neighbors get to know each other and are always watching out for anything suspicious.
i love the neighborhood feel and sense of community, and the convenience of walking out my door onto one of the most developed shopping and dining districts in all of oakland. in my book, it trumps both rockridge and temescal.