Change. What does this mean? It good? Is bad? Can it benefit us or can it ruin us?
Oakland has always been a home for me. But over the years I have seen drastic changes.
I have been doing a lot of research about what has been happening to our city, Oakland and the things that I found are shocking.
Based on the research, there is a lot of change happening to Oakland, homes are being destroyed, new places and jobs are being built behind our backs, and history is getting erased so that these new places come in and replace important places such as the Cohen Bray House which is being shadowed by new construction and new residents moving in without an understanding of the history.
Cohen bray a house with so many memories and history is yet waiting to be destroyed.This home has been here for so many years and not everybody knows that it exists. The only people that know are those who live near it, this house should get more attention than what it has. In an article called “Historic Cohen Bray House that has been in Oakland for over 20 years revealed” by Annalee Allen a writer that brings historic places back, states that “Donald’s relatives were newlyweds when the home on 29th Avenue, near (then called) East 14th Street, was completed in 1884,”(Allen). This is showing that this house has been here for so many years and it was a gift for these new married couple and it’s a gift to our community that still have it to this day and people should visit it more.
Downtown Oakland is a huge part of Oakland it’s a home to thousands of people and a place with so many arts. In an article called “Here are the Oakland towers poised to change the skyline” by Fiona Kelliher a news reporter says “Towers aren’t the only change coming to Oakland’s downtown. The city is also planning for a massive influx of people and businesses, including 49,431 new residents and 59,598 new employees before about 2040” (Kelliher). This is showing that not only are they going to remove houses they are also planning to bring new people to our place and bring new jobs for those people.These changes are to drastice for the people living in Oakland.Oaklanders aren’t used to seeing so many new places being built . Our people have been here since they were born and now they are seeing changes that they never thought they were going to see. They are also getting excluded from Oakland because it’s turning into a whole new place
When Oakland was first made, people made it their home. They started a new place to grow, do art, and have a family. When Oakland changed starting in 2010 these art and homes were being destroyed to become new places. In an article called “The forces driving gentrification in Oakland” by Kathleen Richards she states “ remember shopping with my mom in downtown Oakland in the ’80s. The neighborhood always felt deserted, with empty storefronts and few people walking around. Now, it’s filled with bars and restaurants and cranes constructing new housing. To many, this might feel like a welcomed change from the years of neglect. But these changes have coincided with evictions and the displacement of people from their homes and businesses”(Richards). This is saying that change could be great but not here because of all the people are left homeless because they can’t pay their rent for being it to high. Whites are coming to Oakland and trying to rejuvenate this already beautiful place. Some people have to congregate in small rooms in order to have a roof over their heads. The undeniable cause of this is gentrification. The people in the community are getting kicked out of their own home.
In an interview with Yesley Romo she talked about how changes have really impacted her and her family. One of the words that she said that stuck with me was “I have lived here for many years, since I was born, and I have never seen so many white people in my life in Oakland walking their dogs” this is saying that after so many years he is just starting to see more white people coming in slowly and taking over.
In conclusion, based on the research, there is a lot of change happening to our city history getting erased and forgotten one. Our people, homes, land is being changed and sold into a new home for people and are kicking Oaklanders out. Whites are changing are colorful,and artistic place into a nondescript place. This is going to lead in the future to other problems like more homlessness and because of gentrification raising the number of rent for non people of color to step in and take over.
Allen, Annalee. “Historic Cohen Bray House Revealed.” East Bay Times, East Bay Times, 15 Aug. 2016, www.eastbaytimes.com/2008/11/28/historic-cohen-bray-house-revealed/.
This is an article about how this old house cohen bray getting showed to the public and the history that has been involved in this house. This quote passes the craap test because since Cohen Bray is an old house, it is better if the article is old this article is from 2008. This article is also relevant to the point.
“Here Are the Oakland Towers Poised to Change the Skyline.” Bizjournals.com, www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2019/04/10/oakland-towers-skyline-pipeline-downtown.html.
This article is about how new buildings are coming and new people are also going to come and get the new jobs that are being built. This source passes the craap test because it talks about the topic of new people coming. Also this source is current it was published this year 2019 so this is what is happening now in Oakland.
Richards, Kathleen. “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland.” East Bay Express, East Bay Express, 12 Dec. 2019, www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/the-forces-driving-gentrification-in-oakland/Content?oid=20312733.
This article is about how old Oakland was and how it is now. It talks about how old Oakland was not a lot of people and few stores. Now there are bars all over and many people. This passes the craap test because it was made in 2019 so it is relevant. This talks about all the problems i’m stating in the article, gentrification.
Ramo, Yesley. “Changes in Oakland.” 13 Dec. 2019.
This interview she talked about how Oakland was and how it is now. She talked about whites coming in and seeing them around her streets. This passes the craap because she has lived here for her whole life and she knows what she’s talking about.