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Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I am a former East Bay resident who owned a home in Berkeley... price
$20,000 in 1972 ...price today approximately $ 762,000... enough said... even the optometrist that did a home visit at this location expressed concern about affordability... now in Denver and prices are rising there as well... lucky I was able to buy a foreclosure cash in Colorado and 90 percent of the people I have met here are from California or New York... Love California ... was born at the University of San FrNcisco and lived and worked in the Bay when it was affordable but If I were to decide to move back would be going to the areas like Palmdale to buy some land before it also gets less affordable.... but loving Colorado currently other than the winter weather... So sorry to see residents getting priced out in the Bay... Lucky I have family and kids there .. so I can visit with minor expenses... hope it does continue to build affordable housing so it can keep its diversity and culture... have family that own business there... hope they do not get priced out of their business locations.... Good luck to the Bay was saddened to see all the people sleeping under Bart and other locations last time I was on the Berkeley Marina... Good luck.

Posted by Darlene Price Watts on 12/28/2016 at 6:25 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

At Red... I'm not mad at "New Oakland". I love the energy in what ya'll call Uptown (LOL) et al. I chuckle at your comparisons to Brooklyn SMH. Oakland has always had a chip on her shoulder and would NEVER, EVER compare her self to another burg. However, What I DON'T like is that I'm looked down in disdain by someone newly arrived in the place where I grew up. I've lived or gone to school in just every part of Oakland from Elmhurst to Rockridge and in between in San Antonio, Grand Lake/ Trestle Glen, Laurel and others places in between. It amazes me that I get looks of disdain and fear as I walk down the many streets I've always walked down. Look. Change happens. I'm not mad at tech companies or what not. Just respect people. I and many of us were here when Oakland was an after thought. We volunteered to make the place better. Now others have gotten wind of her beauty. That's OK- just don't shut us out. If I come to patronize your Hipsterized taco spot cause I happen to be in the area, don't look down on me. I was going to drop major bread for a few tacos ($4 for ONE taco !!), but you made me feel so unwelcomed- ahem Xolo. This is not exclusive. This happens all over Oakland. This is unimaginable to me. So Red it's not the resentment of "New Oakland" in itself, it's the smug audacity they demonstrate in the way they treat folks who've been here for many decades.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 12/28/2016 at 3:57 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

to those who perceive this as "reverse racism", i disagree. cultural shifts where a group of equal social status replaces another, can be difficult, but is not in and of itself immoral. cultural shifts where a more favored group (esp. economically better off) replaces a less favored group, is something to be fought. if the shift in oakland was from black to new, working class immigrants from asia or latin america, that would be, well, a thing. some losses, some gains, we can live wtih it. what we have now is a shift from poor and working class (and mostly colored), to wealthy, information workers (mostly white or asian). thats a real problem. you cant have a society where the worst off are constantly shunted around to lower and lower quality areas, like blacks and native americans are done. it destroys the soul of a nation to do that. whatever is done to the least of us, is done to Him (and im not even christian).

Posted by Mercurywoodrose on 12/28/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I work in oakland, and have been in all the neighborhoods. I see a lot of social fragmentation, poverty, ignorance, and historic violence. all of that is solveable. but, if its not solved, and the communities cannot come together to fight their common enemy, gentrification, then all of that culture and history, both the good and the ugly, will be swept away. its not good, but its approaching inevitable. I hope enough people wake up and fight this. no outside agency can possibly fight it if the people affected just let it happen.

Posted by Mercurywoodrose on 12/28/2016 at 2:52 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Thank you Tigray, as a native Oaklander I feel the same way.

Posted by C. Leonard on 12/28/2016 at 2:14 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

To Gene Keenan:

Thanks for sharing...

Mitch Kapor (Partner of Kapor Capital, Founder of Kapor Center) was a seed stage investor in Uber. In fact, Mitch then started Kapor Capital to help increase access/opportunities for communities of color through entrepreneurship. Heres a great medium post to learn more: Link:https://medium.com/@mitch_freada/dear-investors-so-you-want-to-take-diversity-seriously-part-1-777972b5450c#.2hryipq42

Diversity and inclusion is at the center focus of all of our entities. From a community perspective, our community engagement team has facilitated discussions with Uber and the community. To learn more, feel free to check out kaporcenter.org

Posted by tigraykahsai on 12/28/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Maybe you should lobby the company you work for to exercise their power differently: Kapor Center which was started by the principals of Kapor Capital; are major investors in tech (148 companies in total) including angel investors for Uber. The Uber HQ opening next year will bring even more rapid changes to Oakland. I personally don't see this stopping but you should at least recognize who you work for. I also didn't understand this sentence: "I miss greeting strangers as I walk by them in the neighborhood." Who is stopping you from greeting strangers as you walk by them?

https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ka…

Posted by Gene Keenan on 12/28/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

yes Red Gilbert I miss the way Oakland was. i miss having places to go, places to gather, places to eat and drink that cater to my demographic. I miss my neighbors, I miss my community and the wealth of the community dismantled by the greedy landlords and the people who have taken our places in our communities. We don't want any more beer gardens, dog parks, and apartment complexes that were originally created to be affordable housing which is now only affordable to people who move here from somewhere else. We no longer feel welcome in our own city and its sad for us Natives who still live here. WE MISS ALL THE BLACK PEOPLE.

Posted by Reshawn Goods on 12/28/2016 at 12:27 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I have found as i travel other states and explore that the bay area is less for me even being an AA women in tech, community is disappearing its seems to me. Respect for others is lacking. Of places ive visited people and communities are welcoming affordable and they are for the people no matter race income and or gender the bay area is literally diverse but to practice diversity and incorporate it into communities and the professional world is a whole other story. Great article!

Posted by Amber Neal on 12/28/2016 at 12:21 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Congratulations, Tigray, for a well-written and well-expressed article on important and urgent issues that screams for adequate attention by Oakland policymakers. There are current voices, like the community assembly of The Oakland Post Salon, Block by Block Organizing Network, and others, that attempt to formulate and pressure Oakland leaders to take action on topics such as those you raise. I hope you will join them.

Posted by James Vann on 12/28/2016 at 11:22 AM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

So refreshing to read and hear the perspective of a young Oakland native who is seeing all the changes 1st hand.

Every new tech company MUST do their part to insure Oakland does not become another city that is used, abused and left a ghost town.

Posted by Yellow Ranger on 12/28/2016 at 9:14 AM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Maybe you didn't read the whole article, or maybe you just have selective perception also known as privilege, Red Gilbert.

Posted by RKay on 12/28/2016 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

This is so off the mark its incredible. Find a new profession.

Posted by Ryan Russell on 12/28/2016 at 6:27 AM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

So.... basically, you miss the way things used to be, and you resent these newcomers - who look different from you - for changing the demographics? You're dismayed that you can't maintain a certain ethnic majority you prefer?

Where have I heard all this before?

Posted by Red Gilbert on 12/28/2016 at 5:34 AM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I love it

Posted by Dawit Gebru on 12/27/2016 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and La La Land: Same Old Song And Dance

I honestly have to agree with Mr. Vance. This is a movie that you *want* to like, but it just doesn't rise to its aspirations. It's a clever concept. And I enjoyed the locations and camera work some of the time. The songs were just OK.

It's true that neither Stone nor Gosling is really a singer. But Gosling had some modicum of grace to his dancing. Not bad.

But the biggest problem was that the movie as a whole did not hold together. There were too many long close-up reaction shots of faces worrying or supposedly feeling things. And the emotional pacing of the love story just didn't work. It was ultimately drawn out and dragging, or hopping forward irrationally.

In summary: Good concept, missed the mark.

Posted by PoliticoMusician on 12/27/2016 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and La La Land: Same Old Song And Dance

Funny how the lesser reviewers have it in for La La Land. What distinguishes them from the rest is their ignorance of the craft of filmmaking. Or when they try to impress us with their French by putting an accent on the "A" in "A la," unaware that in French, capitalized vowels are never accented. La La Land is cinematic magic: far and away the best film of the year.

Posted by Terryl Dorian on 12/27/2016 at 9:41 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Love the perspective, continue to write!

Posted by Dejen Amare-Gebru on 12/27/2016 at 9:30 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Employment, employment, employment. Where are the school to work programs? Are Uber self driving cars going increase opportunity or create newly unemployed people? Tech has a responsibility to give back to the communities that they invade. Oakland city government needs to not only incentivize with tax breaks but with mandates for programs to bring students into their networks of education and power.

Posted by jjpowell on 12/27/2016 at 9:04 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I agree the SF bay area is changing at an alarming rate, I am glad there are a few tech programs that are inclusive though :)

Posted by themooctutor on 12/27/2016 at 8:46 PM

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