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Hobart Johnson's name-calling is a poor substitute for analysis. We have a critical shortage of homes, and not just for the poor. The fact the housing market exists and the vast majority of people take part in it does not make building homes a Reaganite idea.
This article is totally misleading. The reports entirely agree - the LAO just says that there isn't enough money to build significant amounts of subsidized housing, which UC Berkeley does not address.
Since when are NIMBYs progressive? These people have been fighting housing tooth and nail for decades.
Please provide a citation for the statement about the City providing tax breaks to lure new businesses - what businesses have recently received tax breaks to locate in Oakland?
Mr. Johnson seems to have a reading comprehension problem, one that is exacerbated by the reporter's constant obfuscation of the facts in order to further his paranoid worldview. This is a private company providing a private product. The City is working on providing similar functionality to all residents using public resources, and unsurprisingly the City cannot move as quickly as the private sector. The haters need to find another way to falsely accuse local government of "bias."
Please provide the evidence behind this statement: the reality is — and numerous housing and development experts have testified to this — any tower in Eastlake will exacerbate rising rents and increase displacement.
Since displacement is occurring in absence of market-rate development (in fact, there has been significant subsidized housing development in this very area), it certainly seems that the opposite is true. But I'm sure this self-appointed Eastlake neighborhood group wouldn't lie about something as important as displacement, so I look forward to learning about the studies of the "numerous housing and development experts" they cited.
Slapping an enormous fee on new housing to support subsidized housing is the sort of backwards thinking that got the Bay Area in this affordability mess in the first place.
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