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Gentrification in Oakland: An Excercise in Oppression by Loata Fine

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Gentrification in Oakland:
An Exercise in Oppression

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The process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.
Educated wealthy individuals & their families
Affluent land owners
Large industries
Newly founded businesses
Define Gentrification?
Poor working class
Black and brown neighborhoods
Non profit organization that help marginalized communities
Middle class
Suburban communities
Who is impacted?
by: Loata Fine

Who benefits?
Process of
"Christopher Columbus Syndrome"
Disinvestment in poor communities
Property values decrease in "deteriorated" communities
Redevelopment investment and/or private entities buy & fix up vacant units
Thank You!
Any Questions?
"The Bleaching of San Francisco"
Sources
Haber, Matt. "Oakland: Brooklyn by the Bay." New York Times 4 May 2004. Web. 14 Oct. 2014. Print.

"West Oakland Community Garden Trashed By Vandals, Possibly Over Gentrification." CBS News 5 Aug. 2014. Web. 14 Oct. 2014.

Jones, Carolyn. "Gentrification Transforming Face of Oakland." SFGate 19 Apr. 2014. Web. 16 Oct. 2014.

Frett, Jonathan. "Give 'Em Hell: Resistance Against Oppression in the United States. Gentrification: The Truth behind Urban Development, Its Systemic Racism, and the Resistance." Anti Resistance WordPress. Web. 17 Oct. 2014.

Stage of Gentrification: Oakland and San Francisco. 2014. Oakland, San Francisco. By Lisa Bates.

Hudson, Adam. "The Bleaching of San Francisco: Extreme Gentrification and Suburbanized Poverty in the Bay Area."Truthout 27 Apr. 2014. Web. 21 Oct. 2014.


"Brooklyn by the Bay: Oakland"
Help or Harm?
Tech businesses (Google, FB, Twit) taking over SF neighborhood's
Cost of living in SF > not affordable for low & middle class families
Oakland is seen as the cheaper; influx of new residents
Landlords take advantage of market values; evictions, foreclosure --> flipping
New comers/homeowners > down payment requirements increase
New residents increase demands of luxuries; low tolerance for the low-income needs and homeless populations
Escalated prices --> forced displacement
Solutions
Education
--> more young people of color to receiving college degrees
--> reinforce the idea of returning to the community rather than escaping from Oakland

Community Action
--> Unity events, i.e: Qilombo Gardening Project
--> Learn from other gentrified communities
--> Affordable housing & more housing
"Brooklyn by the Bay: Oakland"
Senior Exhibition 2015
Fremont High School
Architecture Academy


Research Focus:
Social Injustice of Gentrification

High rate of evictions and foreclosures in neglected neighborhoods - unaffordable housing
Forced displacement of low-income residents
Disruption of cultural and individual development
Research Focus: Prevention
Stronger rent control laws
Send more youth of color to college
Establish new ways to preserve & develop old & new cultures in harmony
Helpful
Revitalization of the city - becomes more appealing and inviting
Land value increases
Production of more jobs, schools being improved --> decrease unemployment rates
Decreases crime; makes streets safer
Harmful
Development --> DISPLACEMENT
High land values price out residents to move into unaccustomed places
Local businesses forced into closure
The city's culture & identity is lost
7th Street and Mandela Parkway
26th Street and Mandela Parkway
7th Street and Peralta Street
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