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Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

Well Vincent, we can spread that couple hundred people (and their cars) all over the city sucking up more of the limited and few available units... Or we can build higher density housing to accommodate the influx. People aren't breeding to causing this boom/demand.

I'm extremely curious. How many tell their employers "they'll work for the minimum possible and just give the rest to the poor". No? Didn't think so. So how is renting at under market different?

I'm REALLY unhappy about the corporations who bought up property... And will play the tax games they've been playing since '78 and further rip off the community.

Howl about gentrification all you like, but fix prop 13 and huge chunks of the problems go away, not immediately, but fairly soon.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/19/2018 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Seven Longtime Oakland Residents Share Their Thoughts on Gentrification

Americans getting upset at other Americans for moving to Oakland or any other city in the country they choose they want to live in is insane ... That Kinda reminds me of some old school Jim Crow segregation type shit when Americans would get upset and tell other Americans they couldnt live in or be in a certain Area in the country for what ever reason

Posted by Aquis Bryant on 09/19/2018 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

Maxwell Park residents in 1945 signed a petition to ban people of color from purchasing a home in the area for 75 years, which would have been through 2020. Found this document when I was researching my home. The signers must be rolling in their graves. LOL

Posted by Lori Deee on 09/19/2018 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Seven Longtime Oakland Residents Share Their Thoughts on Gentrification

For one American to complain and have a problem with another American moving anywhere they want to move to in the country is crazy .. It sounds Similar to some old school Jim Crow segregation type shit

Posted by Aquis Bryant on 09/19/2018 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Can Transit Improvements Lead to Gentrification?

Your article noted the Berkeley Mayor Wallace Johnson was the person responsible for the underground placement of BART tracks through Berkeley. However, history suggests that it was an African American community organizer in South Berkeley by the name of Mable Howard who needs to be acknowledged and not forgotten for her tireless efforts. BART and the City of Berkeley were prepared to move ahead with overhead tracks (despite citizens approving a bond to pay for underground construction) until Ms Howard filed a lawsuit in 1968. As a result, BART was forced to underground the tracks through Berkeley and preserve existing neighborhoods. In fact, the Berkeley City Council, in July 2018 approved a citizen petition to rename the Ashby BART station after Mable Howard. At the end of the day, AB 2923 should provide local politicians with political cover by taking the decision to build dense housing around BART stations out of their hands. This is a desperate measure from the State to address the fact that after 30 years of policies like Housing Element mandates and density bonus incentives, most cities in the bay area have failed to approve needed housing. Leaving the decisions to local politicians who have to run for office has been a massive failure. Construction of a shopping center at El Cerrito Plaza in 2000, with no housing is a regrettable missed opportunity. A large office complex and senior housing (Davis st) at San Leandro BART is not good enough. In the mid 2000's the Oakland Planning Commission urged the developers at the W. MacArthur BART station to increase the height and density of their proposal with no result. Thankfully, by 2015, the tech bubble sufficiently increased the land values and additional height and density were approved for the modified project now under construction. If the City of Oakland approves over 1 million sq ft of offices at the West Oakland BART station without a substantial high density affordable housing component, it will signal that the State is right on target by usurping local zoning powers from local decision makers.

Posted by GPatton on 09/19/2018 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

Fruitvale, not "the" Fruitvale...from the perspective of someone whose family has lived here for 100 years

Posted by DCJ on 09/19/2018 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Is the Only Way to Make Housing Affordable By De-Commodifying It?

People being homeless requires more services and use of tax dollars than keeping them housed. So loss of property tax revenue is mitigated by not having to spend tax dollars on homeless services.

Posted by Jean Jeanie on 09/19/2018 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Can Transit Improvements Lead to Gentrification?

The full paragraph referencing BART riders income levels is: "BART's ridership surveys indicate that 25 percent of its riders have household incomes of less than $30,000 a year, but only 20 percent of households in the region have the same income level. Meanwhile, 40 percent of Bay Area households have incomes over $100,000, but only 32 percent of BART riders make that much."

This is household income of riders vs. overall household income and all figures are referenced directly from BART, specifically this Title VI Civil Rights Program 2016 Triennial Update, page 21:

https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/d…

Posted by Scott Morris on 09/19/2018 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Can a New Oakland A's Ballpark Help Fight Gentrification?

I am impressed by the new A's ownership and especially Dave Kaval. In the last year, the A's have demonstrated a serious commitment to Oakland and expanding the A's fan base far better than Al Davis or his cherubic demon seed off spring (Mark Davis) have over 20 years. The A's have been public about what they want to do and how they will ultimately arrive at a decision. More importantly, they have engaged the community and really listened to Oakland residents. Recognizing the value of the unique Oakland flavor of the game day experience on the ramp from Coliseum BART to the stadium bodes well for the future. The A's have not only brought back ex players and celebrated the history of the A's, they are being creative in reaching out to potential fans in order to ultimately fill the new stadium, wherever it may be. Howard Terminal offers the water element of the SF bay and the optics for television desired by MLB. However, the site has access and logistical challenges of rail crossings, PORT operations and no direct BART access that are difficult. The existing Coliseum site is probably the best option from a transportation and economic perspective. The City has already acquired multiple properties over the last 20 years for the purpose of building new sports venues on the property. Because of the Raider departure, only one facility is now required and the remaining site is large enough for other uses to be developed. The linkage between a new baseball stadium and what those surrounding uses can be is the real challenge.The City has already completed some level of environmental review for a mixed use development on the site. Once the (T)Raiders get out of town, the process can proceed. After Al and Mark Davis along with Lew Wolff, the new A's ownership is a breath of fresh air. Perhaps we can finally move forward after a 20 year impasse since Jerry Brown torpedoed the Fox theater site in Uptown.

Posted by GPatton on 09/19/2018 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Can Transit Improvements Lead to Gentrification?

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world.

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Re: “Can Transit Improvements Lead to Gentrification?

"Meanwhile, 40 percent of Bay Area households have incomes over $100,000, but only 32 percent of BART riders make that much."

A "rider" and a "household" are not the same thing. A rider is an individual earner. A household could be made up of 2, 3 or 4 people. Households can have two income earners. It makes no sense for these to be paired up the way they are.

If anything, if 32% of BART riders have individual incomes of over $100k, we absolutely should be building higher-income housing near BART because they are in fact using it. I don't know that that's true, but it's as true as the author's conclusions based on these comparisons.

Posted by Irving Flores Corona on 09/19/2018 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

While I agree that Twitter sourcing is a bit dubious, you can Google this information & history & Davi Kurtz this goes for you too. To have lived somewhere & not know the history of the community is troubling & what long time Oaklanders fear. How will you respect what you don't know & don't care about. Lower Bottoms, Ghostown, Acorn & Dogtown were names that police gave those areas in West Oakland. A lot of long term residents in the Prescott call it that, not the Lower Bottoms but new entrants seem to kinda like that name. Prescott Elementary school, Joseph-Prescott Center are all evidence that Prescott is not new but in use for many decades. There's also historical records that reference that area as Union Point.

Posted by Sean Sullivan on 09/19/2018 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Can Transit Improvements Lead to Gentrification?

We need transit improvements NOW to assist with all the rampant, inevitable, unavoidable, unstoppable gentrification currently happening in downtown Oakland. By the time all the "market rate" condos/apartments are finished there will be hundreds, if not thousands, of entitled, newly minted people needing to commute to SF every day from downtown...that is until their employer finds less expensive commercial rent out of state.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/19/2018 at 11:10 AM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

I live a block away from the monstrosity in the photo. That bldg will put a couple hundred people (and their cars) on one tiny block. Density is fine, but *this* is absurd! Is BART ready for the new influx of moneyed tech/financial/et al workers commuting into SF every day? Is the neighborhood ready for the colonizing mentality that will soon be heavily evident?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/19/2018 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

Maxwell Park has always been Maxwell Park it is a housing development just like Rockridge and Piedmont. I dont know whether it had the same rules as Rockridge and Piedmont upon development ( No Blacks or Asians) but one of the developers named it after himself

Posted by srj on 09/19/2018 at 10:55 AM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

While your article hit many points that have and do cause gentrification or displacement. Several points, which give more historical context seem to be absent. The first is that the current economic behavior is a reflection of worsening national disparity in income and wealth between White and Black people in America. That gap was widened even more by the recession of 2008 and remains on the rise due to the minimal level of participation in the tech economy by people of color. The bay area is the poster region for this problem. The larger issue is how this growing disparity is a continuation of written and unwritten national policy in the public and private sectors. The post WWII suburban white flight did not magically happen. The federal government gave White GI's low interest loans to buy new homes in these places. Places where people of color were prohibited from living, many by deed restrictions. At the same time, the federal government adopted the National Highways Act which poured millions of dollars into freeway projects to serve these new white communities. In addition to highways, the government also built new schools and parks for these white enclaves. At the same time money was being sucked out of urban neighborhoods. The impact of this national policy was to destroy and divide urban neighborhoods to make way for these infrastructure projects. Those decisions in the 50's and 60's still impact economic development in urban neighborhoods today. Similarly, national policies, duplicated at State and local levels continue to transfer wealth to certain people. Oakland did not accidentally become a Black city in the 50's and 60's. Black families moved to Oakland and Richmond because realtors and banks would not allow them to live anywhere else in the bay area. I would also suggest that this current tech bubble has also allowed Black families in the east bay to cash out property purchased by their parents and grandparents. These folks can sell family assets purchased for 20-30K for 200-500K and buy homes in growing areas like Antioch, that also happen to have better schools and services for their families. Exercising that economic option to capture generational wealth is not necessarily a bad thing for many.The only way to make sure that these urban neighborhoods retain some of the historic populations, is to build more affordable housing. Not just low income housing, but much more work force housing for middle income families.

Posted by GPatton on 09/19/2018 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

Twitter - there's an accurate resource to gather facts. Which realtors exactly started using the term NOBE? I never hear that term used except in articles deriding realtors for using the term. And, you can call these neighborhoods, or not, by whatever moniker you choose. And is it wrong to call my neighborhood, Bushrod, that name because people are flipping property, or is it OK? Not clear from your article...what's your point exactly? Place names should never change? Oakland, Encinal, what did the Huchian peoples call it before the Spanish (they were later referred to as the Ohlones)....So Oakland is derived from a colonial place name....is that bad?

Posted by J.F. Parmer on 09/19/2018 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Can Transit Improvements Lead to Gentrification?

Have you seen the residential building under construction at Fruitvale BART? It took away half a parking lot -- and one wall is about 25 feet from the tracks.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 09/19/2018 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

All of this turns my stomach! Sick of it all... must everything be a ploy?! Fun real estate game, it's devil driven

Posted by J2Squared on 09/19/2018 at 8:38 AM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

"Gentrification" is simply the term for the urban face of capitalism. In "Wealth of Nations" Adam Smith posed the problems that arise when the monied class dominates government.

I always keep in mind Walter Benjamin's remark: "Capitalism is a purely cultic religion perhaps the most extreme that ever existed."

When profit becomes the chief value of a culture, everything else can be sacrificed--people, the quality of life, the environment, life itself.

The great unread who seem to comment frequently here might look for a copy of a new graphic novel "Hypercapitalism." Then again, reading isn't all that big these days.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/19/2018 at 8:35 AM

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