The Rise of Oakland Scraper Bikes and the Demise of Used Cars in Alameda

A few weeks ago we stumbled across this amazing video of the Scraper Bike phenomenon in Oakland, which we’ve also documented in this Streetfilm by John Hamilton. In the California is a Place film "Scrapertown," filmmakers Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari give you another look at Baby Champ and the work he is doing to promote bicycles and community in East Oakland.

I also liked the film below with Alameda used-car salesman "Big Vinny" as he describes the malaise affecting him in his line of work.

And be sure to check out the California is a Place website for more of their great work.

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