Will Roscoe 
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Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

You're being played by the taxi lobby. Opposing the creation of 3000 new jobs in Oakland is a privileged thing to do.

Posted by Will Roscoe on 02/01/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “For-Profit 911 Cellphone Service Coming to Oakland in February

This business model does not lower the police response times for any class of people and only improves response times for people who are able to pay. The money earned is being spent to innovate, in downtown Oakland, to create better police response times for everyone. It's not a perfectly equal for everyone, but certainly not underhanded. Make it happen bluelight.

Posted by Will Roscoe on 01/22/2016 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Oakland Plans Another Large Parking Garage on Public Land in Uptown

Charles. Please explain your assertion. I've looked, but I can't find any example of a city prospering from subsidizing parking. There are many examples of cities prospering from limiting parking.

"Parking lots, it turns out, return 83 to 95 percent less property tax revenue to a city per acre than buildings do, providing a big incentive for landowners to tear down buildings and pave parking lots instead. By having spent the past 50 years building parking lots instead of buildings, the three conventional cities forego a “parking opportunity cost” of 21.5 to 29 percent of their downtown tax base, whereas the parking-light cities do not. In Hartford, that amounts to $21.78 million a year in revenue. Cumulatively, underpricing land used for parking results in downtown’s overall tax productivity taking a huge hit — similar to how Joe Minicozzi found that parking-laden suburban retail (usually prized by municipalities for its fat tax payments) returns much less in property taxes than compact, in-town development." http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/04/10/park…

Manhattan (very prosperous) has very little parking. http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/city…

Posted by Will Roscoe on 11/08/2015 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Oakland Plans Another Large Parking Garage on Public Land in Uptown

This is terrible to hear city officials are promoting more traffic. I want to live in a modern city. Thanks Sam for writing. Who in the city do we call to explain why subsiding driving is bad for everyone in oakland?

Posted by Will Roscoe on 11/06/2015 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Downtown Plan Draws Skepticism

I had to leave 90 minutes into the meeting while the pre-performances were still happening. While the performances were enjoyable, I wanted hear the planning presentation that I'd come to see.

I'm surprised more people are not asking to look at the data of downtown. When you go to the doctor, your results aren't doctor drawn cartoons of a fit handsome future you, they are test results, diagnosis and recommended treatment to make you stronger. Where is the data (population, traffic, tax revenues, % of foreign investments) presented to help us Oaklanders make informed decisions. The current process feels like we're helping create and sign off on a pretty brochure for prospective developers.

Something like this?

Posted by Will Roscoe on 10/31/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Education Advocates Raise $100,000 for Oakland Schools, Rally for Prop 13 Tax Reforms

Great to see reporting on organizations helping to improve education in oakland.

Posted by Will Roscoe on 10/30/2015 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Tables Secondary Units Plan and Hits Pause on Controversial New Rules

Great article. Thank you Darwin. Seems like there must be a better approval process.

Posted by Will Roscoe on 10/22/2015 at 11:36 AM

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