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So for violating their agreement with the city, Chase gets.... another stricter contract? At worse, they stop doing business? Isn't this what city attorneys are for? Oakland should get is money back when Chase fails to deliver.
What about the main city of Oakland website?? Its May and Oaklandnet.com still doesn't have correct contact information for the councilmembers. You call the number for Schaaf, you get Gallo. You call Gallo, you get....
This website is designed to make sure no one can figure anything out or get in contact with anyone responsible. Even if they were posting these notices, no one would be able to find them.
Keeping an empty lot and occasionally tossing out the garbage on it for years was not a sound strategy against repeat blight. Afrikatown and Qilombo remove vandalism and garbage daily, and have created something that serves the neighborhood. They routinely feed the residents. Prior to that, the lot was an eyesore for YEARS... People called us routinely for several years to paint a mural and clean-up that lot. But we waited until there was a solid institution with neighborhood support in place before contributing the mural. Qilombo and Afrikatown is that community-based organization that have the neighborhood's best interest at heart. Prior to the speculation and gentrification hype, the owner did the minimal, if anything. Now that Oakland is popular, the landowner wants to get paid. Its a normal capitalist sentiment. But its far from altruistic.
Its a hallucination to say that the lot wasn't blighted. Please share links to ANY photos of the lot as a clean place prior to Afrikatown. Its also disturbing that a lot of that size is worth almost a million dollars. Oakland's price has gone too far up. Thank you to community at Qilombo for championing the plight of the landless and priced-out, primarily people of color in Oakland!
We need to go to his house and make some unpermitted improvements.
CRP has been vigilant in researching the impacts of abatement versus murals but there is one factor that no city seems to be measuring. Despite the billions of dollars invested in abatement over the years, there has not been a single study on abatement's impact on the recidivism of vandalism. We searched the us for a meaningful methodology to compare the impact of our murals versus the buff and nothing was out there. There are numerous anecdotes but no statistics to back them up. How long does a property have to remain unvandalized for abatement to be considered a success? If abatement has to repeated weekly or even monthly, can it really be considered effective? Wouldn't the budget for an city abatement program go down year after year if the program was working? If so, how come the cost of clean-up keeps going up? And what is the public getting for this massive investment but a bunch of patchy blank walls?
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