Owen Solberg 
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Re: “A Green Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

For the past 60 years, America has been hugely subsidizing an automobile lifestyle. These subsidies come in many forms, at federal, state, and local levels. We build roads and freeways with tax dollars (not nearly covered by the gas tax), we reimburse commuters who drive to work and have to pay for parking, we use our military power to keep the price of fuel incredibly cheap. As other posters have pointed out, there are good historical explanations for these policies.

But times are changing, and the hysteria in some of these comments is funny to me. Do residents really need to dread the "impacts" as their neighborhoods become more dense? I wonder how it felt to be a resident of West Oakland in the early 1960s, watching your neighborhood being sliced up (or demolished entirely) by freeways. Talk about impact!

This article is not arguing for an instant transformation to a "bicycle nirvana". It's just saying, let market forces prevail. If there is a demand for condos without garages (and there IS a demand), then why not let developers meet that demand? No one is telling you that you have to live in one. Why do we need outdated laws that essentially mandate that urban areas be built to resemble suburbs?

Let the suburbs be suburbs. Let the city be a city. Let the developers be free to meet the demand.

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Posted by Owen Solberg on 08/06/2015 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Hatch Gallery Gets the Boot

"But at this juncture we have other plans for your space there, which involve some long term work."

"That place has had no improvements for a long, long time."

Exactly the same lame language they used on Mama Buzz two years ago.

Posted by Owen Solberg on 03/04/2014 at 10:29 PM

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