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Great...more people out on the streets. SRO residents are vulnerable and all commenters like Julian Urmson and Dee Turner can think of is all the $$ that will supposedly come flooding in...to developers pockets and landlords. They are the same type of people who will then complain about homelessness. We are entering the Gilded Age, Part 2 and it's ugly.
OK...so who's going to teach your children, make your food and pour your coffee in the restaurants you frequent? Who will sell you your food, repair your car, install your cable, fix your sink, clean your house? Shall I go on? Because blue collar and labor jobs are low paying does that automatically disqualify people from living their lives in Oakland? Who is talking about hand-outs? Please...we're talking about curtailing out of control market rate housing in order for people to be able to afford living here and contributing to the culture of this community.
Robert and Joe, your attitudes are ugly and myopic. Put down the Ayn Rand and turn off the right wing news. Obviously you are both "rugged individuals" that see themselves above the "riff-raff" that, by your accounts, need to be shunted off to the side to make way for special people like yourselves. Sounds like Hell to me.
$28 for half of a chicken?
Yes, this entire neighborhood will "blow up" in the next few years, and it'll be surprising if the galleries and bookstores that made the area so great will survive. Developers, realtors, and landlords don't give a crap about art or books. Only $$$. And the fact that most Oaklanders are in the service industry and make about $9/hr doesn't translate into art buying, which is, face it, a luxury. As a "middle-aged, not-emerging" and financially-strapped artist who lives within two-three blocks of these galleries and bookstores I am overjoyed to see this flowering of DIY culture happening. Art Murmur stopped being about the art several years ago and the galleries there are almost all commercial (won't be showing the majority of work being made in the East Bay). Thankfully most of these storefronts aren't zoned for eateries, otherwise 15th St would turn into another Gourmet Ghetto/Uptown swank. We all know artists are the "antennae of the race," doing all the dirty work before the developers move in. I wish all these gallerists and bookstore owners the best of luck. I will do what I can to support them.
Keep the school, dump the miscreants.
These folks might need to change their band name--there's already been a Go Kart Mozart in England since 1999.
It's obvious from the article that people are not truly encouraged to express anything that doesn't correspond to your way of thinking. Shame on you.
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