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January 11, 2017

YIMBYs unite

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am


This is pretty big in the world of Alameda development news.

At the Planning Board meeting on Monday night, even though the majority of the, for lack of a better term, “development friendly” members were not sitting at the meeting the agenda item about the Encinal Terminals project was overall pretty positive.  I chalk it up to the surprising number Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) public speakers.

It was speaker after speaker commenting on how important this project was with nary a comment referencing Manhattanization or Alameda’s island status, congestion, or small town feel.  It was the most development positive group of speakers I have ever witnessed at a city meeting as reflected in this tweet:

If this newest crop of YIMBYs can keep up this sort of momentum given how our board and commissions and particularly our City Council is highly persuadable by public comment this could make a huge difference in what gets approved, development wise, moving forward in Alameda.



  1. California needs to build 1.8 million homes. Read the latest state housing report. The lack of housing statewide contributes to high rents and prevents working families from spending money at our local businesses. I believe it’s one of the reasons that the retail market is soft right now. Every city in our state has to do its part to build densely.

    Comment by Angela — January 11, 2017 @ 7:41 am

  2. Never trust a man with three first names…James Earl Ray, Lee Harvey Oswald, Philip John James…

    Comment by vigi — January 11, 2017 @ 9:35 am

    • Never trust a person that hides behind a “nom de plume”

      Comment by Alan p. — January 11, 2017 @ 10:17 am

      • Or sneaks into your office, snoops around, and uses your computer.

        Comment by BMac — January 11, 2017 @ 10:44 am

    • Or three firsts and a couple lasts….Barry Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro

      Comment by jack — January 11, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

    • The threshold may be lower in Alameda. The tragicomic editor of Alameda! Action News has only two names.

      Comment by BC — January 12, 2017 @ 4:36 pm

  3. I think it is great

    Comment by joelsf — January 11, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

  4. We should be building in the metro areas, not on farm land and that includes Alameda.

    Comment by joelsf — January 11, 2017 @ 1:04 pm

    • A little late to be labeling Alameda farm land. By about 100 years.Unless you think that because the word farm is in Bay Farm that makes it actual farmland.

      Comment by notadave — January 11, 2017 @ 2:27 pm

      • I think he means the outer farmland in the central valley. Part of what our state’s housing assessment says is that we should preserve that farmland buy building more densely in urban areas. Joelsf is saying that Alameda is part of the urban area that we should be dens-ifying.

        Comment by Angela — January 11, 2017 @ 2:48 pm

        • Got it, thanks! Sorry I misread the comment

          Comment by notadave — January 12, 2017 @ 8:45 am

  5. re the 14 stories at the end of whatever that is (is it land, landfill, wharf ?): we are comparing notes with the Millennium “Leaning” Tower folks, right?

    Comment by MP — January 11, 2017 @ 2:50 pm

  6. The chairs were packed full of housing advocates, while the traditionalists were forced to stand in the hall.
    However, the meeting went according to plan; no police action was necessary and no city staffers were harmed.

    Comment by CD — January 12, 2017 @ 7:45 am

    • …who was forced the stand in the hall? The council chambers were fairly empty, everyone who wanted to speak spoke, and had a seat.

      Comment by Philip James — January 12, 2017 @ 4:37 pm

    • I love the term “traditionalists”! Trish’s Traditionalists has a certain ring to it, conjuring up a combination an image of old, white and bewildered. Maybe they were reluctant to relinquish their pitchforks and so were not admitted.

      Comment by BC — January 12, 2017 @ 5:23 pm

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