urbanism

      

West Oakland's Historic Neighborhoods and an artistic vision of a sustainable district

WEST OAKLAND DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS

The City's Specific Plan process identities "Opportunity Sites"--large and/or continuous parcels which are vacant/underutilized and/or undervalued. The assumption is that this can increase the tax base, bring jobs, and otherwise spur the re-vitalization of the District. The Specific Plan process is the standard redevelopment mechanism within in the context of the City's General Plan, as well as larger scale Regional, State and Federal planning, funding and legislation. A similar procedure has been employed in the redevelopment of Downtown Oakland over the last decade. 

In contrast, other Oakland neighborhoods have defined the goals and terms of their revitalization more organically, with meaningful community participation and informed political positioning. Thus, as a supplement to the Specific Plan's limited variable, large scale development paradigm, we propose the consideration of a more dynamic process, intended to grow a community driven alternative to the Specific Plan. This process potentially both empowers and requires the full responsibility and participation of the West Oakland communities it serves.

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