One thing that people will inevitably complain about is that there is “overdevelopment” when they’re suck in traffic or in line at Trader Joe’s or just in general. Of course, if you’re going by pure data alone, Alameda has done a pretty rotten job of developing housing. Despite people feeling like there are too many people here than there historically has been or that we’re developing so much, the data doesn’t bear that out.
Between 2000 – 2010 only 1500 units came online.
Contrast that with, say, the 60s when nearly 5000 units were constructed. Or even the 80s post Measure A when 3669 units were built.
But this should be slightly more illustrative for people who think that Alameda’s population has grown exponentially, from Census data you can see the number of households on the same graph as the population of Alameda by decade. There was a huge spike of building in the 20s to accommodate (or maybe caused) the population spike that doubled Alameda’s population.
To drill down more finely, here is the population data by decade compared to the number of households and housing units. For an interactive version, click here. As you can see the 10 year population from 2000-2010 increased very little and the population is no where near its peak which was where it was in the 1990s.