Is the Emeryville area in general considered a high crime area? I've certainly heard
that Oakland is, and my one experience at Amtrak Emveryville was a bit disquieting.
I came in from L.A. on the Coast Starlight, spent the night, then boarded the
eastbound California Zephyr the next morning.
My hotel that I could plainly see from the Amtrak station, was just across what I remember
as huge parking lot to the west of the Amtrak station and tracks. It was closer to walk to the
hotel than to take a taxi on the city street route.
Anyway, to get to the parking lot I had to cross the tracks with an elevated
pedestrian walk way. When the elevator door opened I was face to face
with three of the scariest and intimidating appearing gang bangers I'd ever seen up close.
(I was certainly very glad I didn't have my daughter or wife with me.)
There were threatening glances at me, but nothing happened.
The next morning in the light of day I noticed what appeared to be a
pretty solid police presence in front of the Amtrak station and really did
wonder if I was indeed in a high crime area.