Some California residents are complaining that new development is forcing neighbors to leave, causing severe stress to those who stay.
Residents say the new money pouring into their Oakland neighborhoods is creating “health problems,” even though the project to convert empty industrial plants into condominiums is contributing to the area’s tax base and economy, according to the San Francisco CBS affiliate.
A new report issued by the Alameda County Health Department found that gentrification is creating economic and social problems, and health problems arise when people are forced to move. The CBS reporter noted that gentrification is one of the top issues for the Oakland area, right up there with global warming.
“The old Coca-Cola factory where we used to play and ride our bikes,” former resident Jonathon Bean told the station. “I seen it turn into a loft area, where a lot of high-end lofts are now in a gated community.”
Bean said his rising rent forced him to move to another area.
Portland, Ore., residents experienced a similar problem recently, when minority residents opposed a Trader Joe’s food market moving to their neighborhood. While most argue that development and an increase in the tax base is good, others disagree.
“People [are] being pushed out of family or social networks,” community advocacy group Causa Justa’s Robbie Clark told CBS. “Sometimes people are pushed out where they might have had access to health services.”
Several areas in Alameda County are developing old properties in minority neighborhoods, but residents aren’t happy about it. In the future, the CBS reporter said, when old factories are turned into condos, the developer will have to make concessions to the local residents.
Watch the report via CBS San Francisco:
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