Oakland 2019 is a city in transitioN
Tremendous investment, development, and wealth-building, are happening alongside heartrending poverty. The economics of housing in our city are displacing long time residents and disrupting communities and institutions. Our city, always stratified, is becoming even more so. Looking across the Bay at San Francisco, we see where this process might lead without intentional intervention: only the wealthiest and the poorest remain. Those who already have access to the best education, the best jobs, and the best support for their ideas, do better; everyone else does worse.
A mere few months ago, several Oaklanders came together and convinced Mayor Libby Schaaf that our city should make the global Fab City commitment. That simple action set us on an exciting long-term path, and made us an active part of a global community, working together to create a healthier, more sustainable, and more inclusive model for our cities.
[excerpted from “Oakland Fab City-what, why and how?” by Sal Bednarz - posted on Medium.com]