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November 15, 2017

Flood the tubes, build a wall

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Shortly after Measure A passed in 1973 this letter to the editor made was published in the Alameda Times-Star.

It might be one of my all time favorite letters to the editor ever.



  1. That would pretty much leave Chucky C isolated on Bay Farm Island

    Comment by Jack — November 15, 2017 @ 8:35 am

  2. Fast forward to 2017. Check out the Planning Board meeting on Monday night where the first speaker on the north housing issue – a representative of SAWW/ACT (Save Alameda’s Working Waterfront) complained that homeless families were being allocated too much land for housing.

    Comment by Really? — November 15, 2017 @ 8:57 am

    • They are a bunch of nasty reactionaries, the saddest of whom really believe they are progressive. And Spencer is their useful idiot.

      Comment by BC — November 15, 2017 @ 9:34 am

  3. It’s called “island mentality”. By the address, you can tell the letter writer lives in a newly built [at that time] part of BFI.[which ironically is not an island]. If you move to an island, you should expect to encounter some isolationism. Goes with the territory.

    Comment by vigi — November 15, 2017 @ 9:42 am

  4. Some isolationism? Again, the conceit. Alameda is hardly a real island. First it was part of Oakland. Second, it’s highly dependent and always has been on a regional economy. Claiming it’s an island and therefore should have different civic and development standards applied to it is the height of magical thinking. But it’s in line with the backbone of privilege accorded to themselves by people with property, traffickers in real estate etc., what passes for the petit bourgeois in our so-called classless society where owning a home seems to give one the right to dictate one’s standards to the entire universe and disparage those who don’t for being somehow less than meritorious.

    Alamedans who want no growth now hide behind traffic and parking and fears of density. Rasheed Shabazz really nailed the people demanding a 435-unit cap at North Housing on Monday night when he reminded the audience it was once the site of a World War II project with 1,400 units, bus service, a grocery store and many other things. Yes, back in the good old days.

    Comment by Laura Thomas — November 15, 2017 @ 10:12 am

    • And jobs. If you just build housing, but no jobs you create a mess. Even if you created as many jobs as residents, you would never have them all working here so there would be outbound and inbound commuting. When Brooklyn Basin is built and if that plan for taking out an 880 on ramp from downtown Oakland happens, you will see trafficgedeon without anything being built on the point.

      When the best the city can come up with is a shuttle that takes 6 days to go from the east end to the west end, we’ve got some problems!

      Comment by Retiredteacher — November 15, 2017 @ 11:11 am

    • I wish they’d bring back the base commissary. Great spot for a Costco.

      Comment by vigi — November 15, 2017 @ 7:39 pm

  5. LAUREN. Off topic, but. I’d like to see a measure B story that explains what the tax rate would need to be to raise the same $ by taxing everyone, including large business, equally.

    Comment by Retiredteacher — November 15, 2017 @ 11:24 am

  6. This region has more jobs than it has homes and that’s why we’re in this mess.

    Comment by Angela — November 15, 2017 @ 11:27 am

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