Dave D 
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Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

"The Bay Areas previous mega-projects, such as BARTs Transbay Tube and the federal highway systems, delivered access to top jobs, good schools, and healthy neighborhoods for predominantly white, affluent suburbanites."

What a load of bull. The Transbay Tube provides access to jobs for all people, regardless of skin color. BART has several stops in predominantly ethnic communities like West Oakland, Fruitvale, East Oakland, and Richmond. To say otherwise is to perpetuate alternative facts. Even suburban extensions to places like Pittsburg/Bay Point do a good job of serving non-white passengers.

The federal highway system allowed white flight, where people could live in suburban communities far from their jobs in the city. The suburbs provided the good schools and healthy neighborhoods, not the highways themselves. Nice try, though.

Building no housing at all makes gentrification worse than building new housing does. The basic economic concept of supply and demand applies whether you believe in it or not. So do we want transit-accessible gentrification, or do we want car-oriented gentrification that makes it even more difficult for displaced people to access their jobs and schools? I'll take the former, please.

Posted by Dave D on 02/15/2017 at 12:12 PM

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