Nathan Landau 
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Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

A number of urban rail systems--Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Washington--have high rise buildings at a number of stations along their lines.

Posted by Nathan Landau on 02/03/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Artists Who Survived Oakland Warehouse Fire Discuss The Tragedy, Those Missing, Need for Safe Underground Spaces

A family friend lost her son in this fire. Other people we know are still missing.

I think a false opposition is being created in this thread. Some people say that people who knew about the situation should have taken preventive action. One might start that list with the master lessee, but not end it there. This horrible fire stands out in part because structure fires have gotten a lot more unusual--fire prevention has been an unsung triumph of government regulation.

Other people say these situations are unavoidable, there's no such thing as safe low cost space in Oakland right now. The only affordable space is physically unsafe space. The City (and other governmental entities) should work to create physically safe artists' housing and performance venues. Other cities (in the US and elsewhere)--starting with Emeryville (!) have been a lot more proactive in creating artists' housing.

I think both the responsibility perspective and the housing shortage perspective are valid.

Posted by Nathan Landau on 12/06/2016 at 9:48 PM

Re: “How to Solve Berkeley's Housing Crisis? Two Leading Mayoral Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye

http://www.urbandisplacement.org/sites/default/files/images/udp_research_brief_052316.pdf

Readers might want to look at some actual research on this topic, from a UC Berkeley academic who has been working on anti-displacement issues for years.

The first substantive paragraph of the study reads as follows:

"At the regional level, both market-rate and subsidized housing reduce displacement pressures, but subsidized housing has over double the impact of market-rate units."

Posted by Nathan Landau on 11/02/2016 at 10:19 AM

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