Bay Area Transplants: What they're doing here, why they settled in the Bay Area, and why they love Oakland
Wondering what a "transplant" is? Most would define a transplant as someone who has moved, relocated, or settled in an area that they are not from and plan to live short term; usually in the pursuit of higher education, industry, or appeal of a better life. As natives of The Bay Area, it is far more common for us to meet people who are NOT from here then it is to meet locals. Why is that? And is it a bad thing? We would be lying if we said there isn't a negative connotation to the word "transplant", but are all transplants created equal? And if we have such a huge influx of out-of-towners here, then surely there must be some Oakland/SF/SJ folks polluting some metropolitan city, right? We were a bit conflicted with regards to our feelings of transplants. With Silicon Valley eating at jobs, driving gentrification and homelessness, it's easy to feel territorial about a place you call home. We wanted to hear the other side of the story, so we interviewed four amazing people who were open and honest about what attracted them to The Bay and why they have an affinity for Oakland, and detail some of the things they weren't expecting upon moving here.