‘The Oakland we knew is not going to remain’

By MARISA KENDALL : eastbayexpress – excerpt (includes active overview) Massive building boom tears through city LEEK NEW CONDOS rise up amid the graffiti-covered warehouses, artist’s studios and homeless encampments of West Oakland. Construction cranes dot the downtown skyline, and scaffolding-shrouded towers march down Broadway into Temescal. An extraordinary residential building boom is shaking up … More ‘The Oakland we knew is not going to remain’

Wiener’s first bill could set off housing war

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt Should the state force cities to build more market-rate housing? Who decides how much? State Senator Scott Wiener has wasted no time in wading into the statewide housing wars – just as affordable housing advocates have released a detailed policy platform for addressing the state’s affordability crisis. A … More Wiener’s first bill could set off housing war