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The city’s 8 farmers’ markets and 36 community gardens support its #9 ranking for food and agriculture. Water quality (#37) ranks below average, with 18 pollutants found in the water by the Environmental Protection Agency, 5 of which exceed the agency’s recommended limits. If you live in Oakland, it’s a good idea to filter your water. Oakland, CA | 37 IRENE BERNADINO/LULU LIN IRENE BERNADINO/LULU LIN Getting Around A weekly downtown farmers’ market provides fresh and organic food. From 2000 to 2004, Oakland’s public transit commuter use has increased more than in any US city we looked at, from 17 percent to 22 percent.
F Healthy Living Oakland’s bayside location keeps its air cleaner (#4) than that of most American cities, with fresh Pacific breezes coming in through the Golden Gate and blowing straight at Oakland’s port. Temperatures are pleasantly moderated by these cool breezes. The sun comes out more than it does in fog-enshrouded San Francisco, making Oakland a great setting for outdoor recreation and fitness. On weekends and evenings, Oaklanders love to walk, jog, bike and play around Lake Merritt, a 140-acre tidal estuary adjacent to downtown, and in the other 65 parks and 29 regional parks covering more than 97,000 acres in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
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