mostly north oakland where our ppl live. but we were all over tha city- jack london square, by the lake, merrit bakery, everett n jones?, etc. I remembered it being way more hood last time we were there.
Shit SF was almost unrecognizable. gentrification happens here too but thankfully not to the extent it has up there.
The bad areas have become more concentrated...East and West Oakland are as crazy as ever, but North Oakland has changed for sure. The real estate is too valuable to let the little gangs over there remain active. The Mission has a ton of hipsters now, but you can still get fucked up in a few places in SF if you aren't careful. You can't really say any place as big and diverse as the Bay Area is "soft"