Every so often, a good samaritan attempts to define our slightly-confusing borders. This time, neighbor Jonathan Ryshpan created a nice Google map overlay which shows Northern Montclarions exactly where they live — right down to the street level.
As you may know, Montclair’s divided into two separate parts.
Beat 13Y covers the northern reaches, roughly above Thornhill to Berkeley, and its safety concerns are represented by the North Hills Community Association (click here). Beat 13Z encompasses the southern half, including Montclair Village, and is cared for by the Montclair Safety and Improvement Council (click here).
Fortunately, Montclarions mingle peacefully and we’re betting that many residents have no clue about these distinctions. However it is good to be reminded that you belong to one of two tribes, at least from the City of Oakland’s police mapping viewpoint.
So let’s examine this dividing line between Beats 13Y and 13Z more closely. While Thornhill is a good rule of thumb, it’s not valid as you head uphill. It turns out that the border is far more circuitous: Thornhill – Sobrante – Oakwood – Glen Oaks – Wild Currant – Thornhill – Snake – Skyline.
Click to Ryshpan’s map here, and see if you agree with this assessment. It’s always been a little murky, but matters to those folks who may be (knowingly or unknowingly) living in no-man’s land.