“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
If you're in the East Bay for business, odds are you're headed to the Oakland suburb of Emeryville. The East Bay's most successful enterprises are headquartered here, including Pixar, Peet's Coffee, Clif Bar, and Jamba Juice. Once a Wild West port town with gambling halls and bordellos, Emeryville has gone legit and corporate, with megastores Ikea and Target along Emeryville's I80 exits. Emeryville's Amtrak depot has served as the Bay Area's railway hub since 1989, when the Loma Prieta earthquake damaged Oakland's 16th St. Station (redeveloped as a housing/retail complex). Packed into two square miles of reclaimed marshlands and converted industrial warehouses, Emeryville ends in mudflats and the occasional unauthorized public sculpture along Berkeley's Aquatic Park.