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Re: “Can Realtors Rebrand Oakland?

Gentrification does not reduce crime or solve poverty, it just moves it to another location. Crime is reduced when we fight a war on poverty and that means economic opportunities and ownership for communities that are currently in the changing neighborhoods. This looks different in each community, its not a simple issue. Gentrification is extremely complex and is not a natural process, it doesnt just happen on its own. There is an intersection of market forces, zoning, policies in-acted by city officials (such as Gang Injunctions, the placement of redevelopment funds, mobility of various communities between generations. Gentrifiers aren't bad or good people, the term refers to affluent people moving into lower income communities for various reasons and the process and economics that accompanies this.

15 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by max cadji on 10/10/2013 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Grease Box, Phat Beets, and the ‘G’ Word

Displacement is a real thing. Hear from one of the vendors that was displaced
in order to make way for the GreaseBox. See Naimah's story below and help us fundraise for her as she lost her business at the CrossRoads and now she is being evicted from her home...

http://youtu.be/ObWcYo_I3VI

4 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by max cadji on 08/31/2013 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Grease Box, Phat Beets, and the ‘G’ Word

If you want to know more about Phat Beets Produce and the untold story of the CrossRoads Cafe check it out:
http://www.phatbeetsproduce.org/2013/08/a-defense-of-phat-beets-and-gentrification-isnt-dirty-but-the-g-word-is/

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Posted by max cadji on 08/30/2013 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Grease Box, Phat Beets, and the ‘G’ Word

It would be helpful to get some more neighborhood perspectives that were left out of this article. This one from Ken Shandy, a lifelong North Oakland Resident, stating what he thought of the GreaseBox's added value to his neighborhood. Phat Beets Produce spoke to Ken to see what he thought and we will be sharing more of the left out voices of this narrative:

"I have lived in the North Oakland area all my life, I would like to speck about 942 Stanford Ave and how the space has affected me and my community, and I had the pleasure of working with the Xroads cooperative & phat beets. I was excited to see should a great synergy and team pulling together to create dreams for individual in our local community. Unfortunately, due to a faulty leader with other motives not in line with the core group. Our community is now forced to settle with the likes of the Grease Trap, I'm sorry but I had hoped to see more diversity in the space, with more of a community feel. Not just another gentrify hot spot. This is not in the best interest of our community. Changing the culture of a community without regards of what the people want and need. STOP IT.!!!!!!"

Ken Shandy, Brother's Kitchen

14 likes, 32 dislikes
Posted by max cadji on 08/27/2013 at 4:52 PM

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