Oakland is Warriors Ground. Too little, too late?

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At Oakland City Hall for a meeting this morning and saw this banner. Oakland is Warriors Ground. There should be an asterisk that says until 2017. My city has major issues, and I know on the surface it doesn’t seem like keeping a sports team in the city should be a priority over the other challenges the city faces – like crime. But the loss of a team means losses of jobs and opportunities – which impacts economics. Ultimately, this could send the economic-education-health matrix into a tailspin. I do find it ironic that in this same picture is a banner promoting a walk to end poverty. I guess we better lace up our shoes, because if my city doesn’t develop a better economic infrastructure, we’ll be walking forever. #oakland

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Oakland is Warriors Ground. Too little, too late?

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At Oakland City Hall for a meeting this morning and saw this banner. Oakland is Warriors Ground. There should be an asterisk that says until 2017. My city has major issues, and I know on the surface it doesn’t seem like keeping a sports team in the city should be a priority over the other challenges the city faces – like crime. But the loss of a team means losses of jobs and opportunities – which impacts economics. Ultimately, this could send the economic-education-health matrix into a tailspin. I do find it ironic that in this same picture is a banner promoting a walk to end poverty. I guess we better lace up our shoes, because if my city doesn’t develop a better economic infrastructure, we’ll be walking forever. #oakland

Signs of gentrification.

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Signs of gentrification.

I took this pic on the corner of 62nd and Adeline in Berkeley – which is right near the Oakland boarder. I see signs like these all over The Town. The other night, while waiting for the Dave Chappelle show at Yoshi’s in Oakland, two guys (maybe they were real estate moguls or lawyers – or both) almost spoke with glee about buying up properties in The Town and flipping them. One of the guys was particularly happy about “scoring” a house from an elderly woman that lived there for over 40 years. It’s like The Town is a diamond mine, and the greedy are robbing of it’s precious resources. I’m seriously concerned about how my city will look in the next 5 years. #photovoice #oaklandvoices