San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge, 1936
Ambitious taxpayer-financed public-works projects helped to put people back to work. Once such project, the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, would alter Oakland's regional position forever. Since travelers no longer had to board ferries to reach San Francisco, Oakland became a city that too many people knew only as the place they drove through on their way across the bay.
Currently Oakland's location is amongst the best in the Bay Area. Some Oaklanders get to work in downtown San Francisco faster than San Francisco residents who have to wind through the streets.
Of course as an enthusiastic Oaklander I can talk all day about the many benefits of living in Oakland.