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Well somewhere between one didn't and Havana Cuba Oakley California takes the number five spot on the New York Times 45 places to go -- -- the city high and a list of must see places.
Despite 2011 being one of the toughest years for its image cloudy -- -- is taking a closer look life -- from Oakland hi Claudia.
I -- it is surprising and you know San Francisco didn't even make the cut.
But this list is geared to the veteran traveler -- seen all the popular tourist destinations.
And -- this year is looking for something -- it more provocative.
At oak town fits the bill.
It's rife with crime known for its -- -- protesters and gritty neighborhoods.
So some -- more than surprised to see the New York Times give Oakland the fifth spot on its 2012 list of places to see the interesting thing about this is that Oakland made the list.
At all among 45 cities Oakland beat out Florence Italy Moscow and every other city in the US.
Along with some top -- choices the list includes offbeat destinations.
Here -- the traveler on afraid of mean streets and an edgy vibe like Oakland.
Oakland has gripped Oakland has authenticity.
Oakland has roots and from those roots has -- something entirely new and unexpected.
Like the fox theater.
Built in the 1920s -- closed for decades the newly renovated art Deco landmark is an entertainment showcase probably the historic Apollo Theater -- -- California reinforcing the city's high octane nightlife.
The times also touts -- award winning restaurant art galleries and boutiques that capture the city's newfound pride and creative spirit.
I think it's really -- a city that's been going through big revitalization so it deserves praise kind of new exciting travel destination.
Now Oakland still has its problems the mayor could be recalled.
The professional sports teams here all want to move out and the crime rate is disturbingly high.
Even so -- the intrepid traveler might come away with a new perspective of the city they only thought they knew.
Back to you our viewers are gonna -- I have to check it out and tell us what they think it's not cloudy out there's an airport right their -- open.
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