What do you like/dislike about living in Oakland?
Oakland's bad PR comes from preconceptions people have about the Bay Area in general, I think…
San Francisco is seen as an idyllic architectural, urban, and cultural fairyland.
Berkeley is seen as a hippie paradise with a slow pace of life.
Oakland doesn't fit into the national perception the way SF and Berkeley do, so it doesn't make the news or the movies or the media for its upsides. As a result, it only makes the news for sports, and for crime. Crime is a real problem here but I'd argue it's also exaggerated due to Oakland's proximity to these perceived "paradises" to the West and North.
In reality, all three cities - San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley are urban, cultural, architectural fairylands with a deep-seated leftist culture, a slower pace of life, and issues with violence and trash. Parts of each city play to the strengths, and parts of each city to the weaknesses. All three are more similar to one another than most people who haven't been here realize.
Each has its own flavor, of course, and sure, the best architecture in SF has the other two beat, and the highest concentration of homeless people has the other two beat, too. The hippiest hippies in Berkeley have the other two beat, in the worst ways and the best. The most violent neighborhoods in East Oakland have the other two beat, and the food, arts, and music are starting to break away from the other two as well.
I love living here because I'm in the center of it all, and I've started to treat Oakland as my favorite corner of this megacity of Oakland/Berkeley/SF that I spend time all over when I'm in search of different things. (Because BART, for all its issues, allows you to treat these as a single city.)