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Re: “Oakland Prays for Tall Buildings

The only lesson learned by Seattle was that the zoning Gammon and Pyatok suggest doesn't work. Seattle saw an enormous drop in building permits after they adopted restrictive zoning many years ago. Determined not to further stifle growth, the city adopted new zoning regulations in 2006 that is actually very similar to what Oakland just did, except that the building heights allowed in Seattle are higher. It's pathetic that Robert Gammon couldn't even look up this very basic fact before he repeated it in print. Yet another example of why newspapers are failing - they're completely untrustworthy.

And of course, if Gammon or Pyatok had gone to any of the twenty plus meetings about this over the course of the last year, they would know that the comparative zoning in Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, and other cities has actually been discussed in great detail.

If Gammon had done even the tiniest bit of homework, he would know that what the city council adopted actually downzones downtown, putting in place height limits where there were none before and reducing permitted density in most areas.

Pathetic.

Posted by Justine Greer on 07/11/2009 at 8:14 AM

Re: “West Oakland Finally Gets Grocery Store

The 99 cents store is a block away from Mandela Foods Cooperative and has been open a year and a half and sells lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. They would probably be selling more too, except the City restricted the amount of fresh produce they were allowed to sell so that they wouldn't provide "unfair competition" to Mandela Foods.

Posted by Justine Greer on 06/08/2009 at 9:34 AM

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