In 1999, when Jerry Brown was mayor of Oakland, he created the 10K Plan, a controversial urban planning project that brought 10,000 residents to Uptown and downtown Oakland, an area that is now booming with hot new restaurants, bars, and nightlife options. Hoping to have a similar success (and probably because it's an election year), Mayor Jean Quan will announce 10K Two during tonight's State of the City speech. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that her plan is to bring 10,000 residents to the whole city of Oakland through 15 major housing development projects. Quan wants to capitalize on the overflow of wealth in other parts of the Bay Area, including San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, where housing is slim or too expensive for young families and singles.
Part of Quan's plan, which is already in effect, is removing more building and permitting red tape to encourage faster and easier development. Investors and developers are happy, but longtime residents and those who moved to Oakland for its diversity and to get away from the Bay Area's rising costs, are worried. The toll of gentrification on the city's culture, especially in its historically low-income neighborhoods like West Oakland, are at risk. Quan dismisses that her plan will displace anyone. She told the Chronicle, "I think the secret is to add more housing and diverse housing," but it wasn't clear, at least for now, how she plans to protect longtime residents from getting priced out as new wealth will likely raise housing prices.
See a map of Quan's proposed development projects on SFGate, and if you're interested in hearing more about the 10k Two plan, the mayor will be outlining more details at the State of the City Address tonight at Oakland City Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and it's free to attend.