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Emeryville is located in a corridor between the cities of Oakland and Berkeley, extending to the shore of the San Francisco Bay just north of the Bay Bridge. It is the home of Pixar Animation Studios, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Jamba Juice, and Clif Bar. In addition, several well-known biotech and software companies have made their home in Emeryville such as Leapfrog, MobiTV, Grifols (former Novartis and Chiron). It is unique in that jobs to housing ratio is in favor of the former with day time population increasing by almost three times. Emeryville is converting from an industrial enclave and early 20th century neighborhoods to a midrise mixed-use center with lofts and office towers.  Home of marinas, animation, artists and tech firms, the city is becoming more walkable and bikeable.  Emeryville has a walkscore of 81 out of a possible 100.

How to get to Emeryville:

  • By BART and bus: From downtown Oakland, take BART to MacArthur Station and then catch the Emery-Go-Round, a free shuttle operated by Emeryville businesses.

Amtrak Station


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Emeryville City Hall










Guide by Miroo Desai

Photos by Lorrayne Leong


  • population of 10,491
  • 42% white / 26% Asian / 19% African American / 9% Hispanic / 4% multiracial and other
  • median age of 34.9
  • 8,090 persons per square mile (Source: Wikipedia)
  • 63.9% renters
  • half the households are one-person
  • Source: Finance Department 2013, CAFR


  • On the Hollis line of Emery Go-Round, at Park Avenue, take in the 1920s brick industrial buildings, have lunch at Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café and check out the gallery at Bullseye Glass.
  • At Hollis/Powell see the new apartment building, town homes, a Grifols campus designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, and plazas on both sides of a greenway on an old rail line.
  • A block east on Doyle between Powell and 59th is the Townhouse restaurant, where the police chief ran the city before a voter revolt cleaned out Town Hall in the 1980s.
  • Back on Hollis, go north to 62nd for a fancy lunch at Bucci’s in Heritage Square, a craneway building reused for offices.
  • On the Shellmound-Powell line, shop at Bay Street or go north to the Public Market for true ethnic food, and continue west to the Police and Fire Station for a walk along the Bay to Marina Park.

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