Why is Oakland zoo is so expensive ?
Probably one of a few reason anyone would like to go to Oakland would be to visit the Oakland Zoo. Zoo park is an oasis in a region of the SF Bay Area that is incredibly unsafe, unhealthy and downright dangerous.
A little paradise that underprivileged children can enjoy with their parents in an otherwise concrete jungle, full of violence and poverty. A place where less fortunate kids can enjoy exotic flora and fauna, be inspired to pursue science careers. Kids who will have minimal chance to travel the world can see animals and simply be intrigued by zoology. Nonetheless, less and less Oakland natives visit the zoo, since Oakland zoo is so Expensive!
Comparison of SF zoo to Oakland Zoo
Let’s take a look and compare SF Zoo to Oakland Zoo
SF Zoo Membership Oakland zoo Membership
Individual Adult -$109.00 Individual Adult – $84.00
Family – $139.00 Family – $159.00
Family plus -$189.00 Family plus $194.00
Note: SF residents receive additional discounts to SF Zoo (this post for 25% off discount)
SF Zoo admission prices (lots of free parking) Oakland zoo admission prices + absolute must car parking fee $10
Children (4-14) $14.00 Children (2-14) $20.00
Adult (15-64) $20.00 Adult (15-64) $24.00
Seniors (65 and over) $17.00 Seniors (65-75) $20.00
Why is Oakland zoo is so expensive? Why is the cost of attending a Zoo in an underprivileged region of SF Bay is more expensive than in well-off San Francisco. It costs a whopping 45% more for a regular family to attend Oakland Zoo vs. SF Zoo.
Discussion & Conclusion:
American people in underprivileged neighborhoods always were under press of economic pressures & everyone know that it is more expensive to live a “poor” life style than a “well off” life style. Here’s one a few examples that demonstrate the fact that some Americans are more equal than the others.
Additionally a strong gentrification push from the well off investors continuously pressures the people in poor neighborhoods closer to the margin and then eliminating them all together. It doesn’t happen overnight, it does not happen over a decade. However it is self evident and just the way of American life. Here’s an article about 25% drop in African American population in Oakland, that historically is considered Black community.
Furthermore this theory can be easily confirmed if you take a trip to the Oakland Zoo and look at the types of cars parked at the lot. You may as well take a look at the people attending the zoo with minimal minority population. The fact that you have to additionally pay for parking also deters Oakland natives (many of whom mainly use public transportation). This is why we think that Oakland Zoo is so expensive.
Housing and crevice prices grow at rate far above the national average creating unfavorable climate for common workers. Even though on the surface it seems that the small cities around the Bay area are changing for “better” it is simply a phase. Once the regular workers will be misplaced to the margin by skilled laborers, a cohort of ultra skilled laborers will replace the current inflow of the masses.
It is almost unbelievable that some of the houses that are not only in bad shape but simply in emergency condition are being sold for a $1.0 -5.0 million american dollars. All the while the legal constrains for building or internal improvements are impossible for the commoners to keep up with. It will be exceptionally interesting to see how this San Francisco holly empire will continue to expand and what factors will bring a correction to inhuman treatment of the common American People.
Well, that’s a little observation we made while attending the Oakland Zoo with our son.