Chris K2 
Member since Jan 27, 2008


Favorite Places

  • None.
Find places »

Saved Events

  • Nada.
Find events »

Saved Stories

  • Nope.
Find stories »

Custom Lists

  • Zip.


  • No friends yet.
Become My Friend Find friends »

Recent Comments

Re: “Walnut Creek Considers Transit Village

It's about time we see A.B.A.G.-guided pressure to construct transit-proximate housing units distributed to other Bay Area cities with transit infastructure, besides Oakland. For too long, both market rate and "affordable" housing developers, with the accommodation of Oakland's city planners and outgoing planning czar Claudia Cappio, have seen Oakland as the low hanging (real-estate) fruit.

Some of these developers have proposed controversial projects in Oakland's poor and working class flatland neighborhoods because of their misguided impression that most of us "peons" are too unsophisticated or distracted to either fight or shape the outcome of their proposed projects. I'd note that, as originally proposed, many of these projects include no ground-floor retail shop spaces, no community meeting spaces, or other community benefits that would offer any advantages to the existing residents of those Oakland neighborhoods.

In addition, unlike most other East Bay cities, Oakland has no developer impact fees, and no inclusionary zoning requirements, which stipulate 'affordable' housing units in these projects.

As you may know, other East Bay and Bay Area Cities, besides Oakland have BART and commuter rail stations, such as Orinda, Concord, Pittsburg, Dublin/Pleasanton, Livermore, Tracy, etc. If mid-rise and high-rise market-rate condo buildings are suitable for Oakland, than why aren't they suitable for around the Lafayette BART station (for example) where many of the developers, architects, planners, and bankers drive home to in their cars at night after speaking in support of these projects at Oakland's Planning Commission Meetings. The region's transit-oriented and transit-proximate housing construction burdens are not just Oakland's cross to bear.

Posted by Chris K2 on 01/27/2008 at 2:05 PM

Readers' Favorites

Most Popular Stories

© 2018 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation