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Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

I see BondGraham convinced his intern to attach their name to this piece to give it some credibility. Exploiting The fear and hardships of brown people is Ok to exploit, as long as we can make it look like its coming from fellow POCs.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 09/18/2018 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

It is particularly dumb call a part of downtown Oakland "Uptown."

"So, you live in the 'Uptown' part of downtown'?"

That makes sense . . . said no one ever.

Posted by Chuck.Morse on 09/18/2018 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

Actually, I live in "Millsmont" in a house built in 1953. The property maps from THEN call it Millsmont.

There are other names for nearby neighborhoods related to the Chevy plant that was in Oakland at the time.

I really wish he would at least TRY.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/18/2018 at 8:03 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

OK... I'm 60. I was born in the East Bay. I remember downtown Oakland in the mid to late 60's. Stores, theaters.. people and cars everywhere. Same for Downtown Richmond. Then came the BART construction.

For all intents and purposes both downtowns were torn down and closed for business. Once the construction was done, the businesses had moved on or gone out of business due not to red-lining, predatory lending or any of those other listed factors. Similar things happened to the lower Market area of San Francisco... Actually most of Market street.

In San Francisco, urban renewal dollars were used to rehabilitate the area, and even so, porn places were all up and down upper market and it was all quite skeezy and didn't get cleaned up until the Financial boom of the mid to late 80's. The migration from San Francisco skipped over the bay side cities and went over the hills to Concord, Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill... Small slepply little places with virtually no entrenched Tammany Hall infrastructure... Like Oakland had and Berkeley had in the form of UC Berkeley.

Oakland didn't even begin a rebound until the early 90's. Downtown was still boarded up. drug dealers and "others" were operating quite openly all up and down San Pablo ave clear up to the Emeryville/Berkeley border. We won't even discuss International/East 14th.

While all of this was going on city/county officials hustled, wheeled and dealed to assure the Raiders, Warriors and As' were well cared for to the tune of, in the case of the Raiders, a million dollars a year. Heavy industry and warehousing, which had been the employment backbone of Oakland Evaporated. The stores (and jobs) long gone.

And that was OK by the electorate. Oakland also got the shame of the OPD riders... We still haven't cleared up THAT mess. Along with them came Jerry Brown and the first serious effort to rehabilitate Oakland, starting with Jack London Square and the downtown districts. The howls were incredible!

Until '89 and the Loma Preta earthquake, everything west of what is now Mandela Parkway was very effectively isolated by the wall of steel and concrete that had been the freeway there. It was in even worse shape than Downtown had been or International. Block after block of boarded up old Victorians. Usually with all utilities cut off... But that didn't stop the illicit uses. .. But then again, this too is where the Riders came from.

None of that changed until the late 90's (dot com 1.0). And the howls began again... Until the whole idea of using your property as a piggy bank (dumb) took hold. In 2005, there were rumbles from and Economics school at UCLA this MIGHT not be a good idea. What did they know? Two years later, we found out and the howls haven't stopped since then.

That's the short course of Oakland over the last 60 years or so.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/18/2018 at 7:42 PM

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

Well, it's interesting an interesting experiment. Looking over the information on the web site, it's been in operation since 2009, funded by the city. With the first home let in 2011, and from what they say, it wasn't until three years later that two more were rehabilitated with 18 homes on inventory today... And one urban farm?!

OK, the fact the concept originated in the 19th century and somehow failed to take hold, is somehow not very encouraging. Add to that the city funded it originally in 2009 and almost 10 years later has so few homes and people served.

Somehow the word theater comes to mind.

One practical question DOES come to mind though...

Given the prop 13 regulations, how does this work out when the "owner" "sells" the property back to the trust? With other owners, with the transfer, there is a sudden large jump in property taxes... Or is the trust playing the game (bad phrase, I know, but work with me) corporate property holders have been playing since '78?

If so, while this is a good thing for people in need of a place to live, doesn't community as a whole suffer (loss of tax revenue is loss of tax revenue).

Figuring at 18 properties and assigning an arbitrary tax value $6000 per year or $108000 in property taxes collected... And if using the corporate method, never an increase.

I like the idea in general, but I think the devil is in the details. 19th century realities may not apply well here and now.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/18/2018 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Demouria Hogg's Shooter Named

Why was he sitting in a car that had been involved in a burglary and a police chase, with a firearm on the seat next to him?

Posted by Craig Thomas on 09/18/2018 at 6:38 PM

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

Wow. Thanks for this. What an amazing concept.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 09/18/2018 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Sickle Cell: The Last Health-Care Frontier for Black Lives

Thanks for this wonderful, comprehensive investigative journalism! Rick Ramirez, LCSW, Oakland

Posted by Rick Ramirez on 09/18/2018 at 9:43 AM

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