Blogging Bayport Alameda

August 3, 2016

Blast from the past: people need housing

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

In 1970 this was probably one of the encounters with the sitting City Council that led up to the passage of Measure A and the seating of a much NIMBYier City Council.   The speakers part of the “Bay Farm Action Team” that didn’t live on Bay Farm wanted to reduce the number of units built on Bay Farm, but also they apparently wanted a halt to all apartment construction in Alameda.

This batch of City Councilmembers was actually quite progressive for the time including one who stated that he was not going to tell people they could not live in Alameda and that the R-4 and R-5 zoning in Central Alameda that density was going to come. Also that he didn’t feel comfortable dictating to a property owner that they had to build a certain type of unit.

He also pointed out — much like people are pointing out today — that smaller units (in this case condos) are popular and that young people need a place to live.

Anyway, good stuff:

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  1. I am happy that the Southern Crossing was not built as planned. It probably would be jammed with cars today and our regional congestion problems would not be any better than they are. Our only hope is to start thinking in terms of moving people instead of (mostly single-occupancy) vehicles and invest heavily in regionally integrated transit.

    The costs of doubling or tripling transit service buses, trains, ferries, etc.), adding a second transbay tube to BART and upgrading its original systems, and improving bike and ped access to transit are in the tens of billions of dollars, but we already lose almost that much in lost productivity sitting in traffic, paying the medical costs of breathing dirty air, and otherwise being unable to do economically or socially valuable and productive work.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — August 3, 2016 @ 9:23 am

  2. We’re losing tens of billions of dollars sitting in traffic? Please Jesus, save us from the
    the armageddon of false prophets or fools in Spanglerville.

    Comment by Jack — August 3, 2016 @ 7:13 pm

  3. yeah, those NIMBYers should’ve realized that if traffic got bad, we could just provide more bus service and subsidized bicycles, and everything would be solved. Let’s add a couple thousand more units of housing to Alameda and tube traffic will be FINE – if we encourage and scold people enough they’ll just ride their bikes instead.

    Comment by Big Johnson — August 7, 2016 @ 7:07 am

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