“I know that many on these lists are unaware of a very dangerous, in my opinion, proposed development,” wrote a resident of the Laurel neighborhood a few months ago on a listserve meant for “anyone who lives, works, shops or plays” in the area.
He was scared that a real estate firm called Urban Green Investments planned to build 65,000 square feet of residential units in the area, to be reserved for Section 8 renters.
The idea that a large number of families who have a hard time making financial ends meet could be supported by a new neighborhood institution was, apparently, a violation of the author’s safety.
a comment on the article:
I was born in north Oakland, I present to the world as non white, but because my father is white, he was able to buy homes in areas that are typically difficult for minorities to enter as homeowners without strict back round checks and possibly fighting invisible red lining that is still practiced to a large degree.
I ride a bike, I present with brown skin and of adult age in places where I am deemed “out of place” such as my own neighborhoods where my father still owns properties. Not sure when I became profiled but I noticed as I got older it has become more aggressive.
I have no criminal record and have attended graduate school, yet I know I must be careful on because I have been followed and had other odd occurrences such as being questioned by police for bike riding in the wrong neighborhood while brown skinned in old tennis shoes. I know I should dress up more to make my neighbors more comfortable with their fears but I am not really the dress up type, despite having been raised in the same upscale neighborhoods that I am now profiled. For me some old white keds leggings and a tee shirt is sufficient for a bike ride, but not if you are brown, then the casualness of your attire will be deemed a sign of poverty and you will be followed, pulled over and profiled.
Sigh. It is a very horrible place to know that your very innocence is a state of criminality that must be policed.