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Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Michael Sagehorn,
"If gentrification improves the quality of life..." I must ask for whom? Quality of life is not improved if you have to choose between rent and food.

The reason so many black people live in urban areas with poor quality housing is the long history of redlining. Read The Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. And there is still significant prejudice in non-governmental employment, exacerbated by poor quality education in poor neighborhoods in Oakland, limiting the ability of blacks and other people of color to adjust to skyrocketing rents. There's an old adage in ecology that applies here: when environmental factors change, organisms can acclimate, move or die; species can adapt, move or die. As gentrification changes the environment, long-time residents have to acclimate, move to Antioch or other far-flung suburbs of Berkeley/Oakland/SF, or die from being increasingly crowded into substandard housing.

Posted by Sandy Bredt on 01/05/2017 at 9:52 AM

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