Transportation gentrification: How Bus Rapid Transit is displacing East Oakland

by youth scholars at Deecolonize Academy and POOR Magazine : sfbayview – excerpt

We youth scholars from Deecolonize Academy and POOR Magazine submitted 14 FOIAs – Freedom of Information Act requests – to 14 departments in the City of Oakland, only to receive a series of messages from two of the departments saying, “We have no documents,” and no word from the others.

On Jan. 16, we will be making a demand to the City of Oakland and AC Transit that, with the money they received for BRT, they support Oakland residents to be able to stay here as reparations for the millions of dollars they are receiving to displace us out of here. If you would like to join us, please email

This article basically sums up what we have been observing and reporting on for the last five or six years. Public transit funds are being used to displace “vested” residents here and on a world-wide basis. The gold standard has been replaced by the biggest LAND GRAB in history. Instead of relying on cornering a commodity, the robber barons are rapidly grabbing up the one truly limited resource on earth.

They started by grabbing control of our public streets, claiming our once free streets “streets are not free”. Once they “take” our streets, they take our homes, that they refer to as “housing”, claiming we can’t afford  any more.

Unfortunately, our early warnings were correct. Now what can we do about it? This series of articles offers helpful information and suggestions on ways to fight back.Let your political leaders know that you know what they are doing,and who they are serving whether they know it or not.

Some action items and contacts at the state and city level:

Low-income housing units lost in Oakland, study shows Anti-eviction Mapping Project shows how housing for poor people is being replaced with housing for tech workers…(more)

4 thoughts on “Transportation gentrification: How Bus Rapid Transit is displacing East Oakland

  1. Thanks to the “SF Bay View” for seeing and reporting on what some of us have been warning about for years. It is good to see such wisdom coming from young minds. It is also refreshing to see an ability to communicate and express the frustration many are feeling in such a coherent and helpful manner. The solutions to the manufactured “housing crisis” are coming out of anti-establishment movements from all sides of the political spectrum. Trust no one. Do your own research and learn how to work within the law to effect change where possible. The more people follow their own path and do their own investigations, the better off our society will be. If the government fails to educate the public, it is up to us to do so.


  2. well we already know about plan bay area etc. This has to do with sustainable development and the environment and climate change. I this point I’m starting to believe its a hustle if you look at the money and the taxes they will make. Anyway they know this plan will cause this placement. Which is why they created something called the internal displacement project. This keeps track of displacement studies it and then come up with a solution to tackle it. So far the solution today is to keep building giving developers incentives on our dime making it cheaper for them to build and running costs of apartment buildings. Changing zoning and building laws. For example if the law required a developer to build a unit of a minimum of 400sqft. It has been changed to 300sqft making it smaller and cheaper hence “affordable housing”. New homes being developed today are no longer single family style homes with a backyard. They look like town homes and are a lot smaller. There is urban displacement .org and also IDMC. IDMC will have a little more information on how displacement should be taken care of as it happens. They all know it will happen and is happening no matter how much crap they put out there. The cities probably wouldn’t have the numbers and may not be lying. You have to look for the exact group bullshit non profit non government organizations that will have the numbers Similar to those Ive stated above. This is a pyramid. I cant draw it here but its united nations, to ICLEI to associations of goverments by regional states, Then association of governments by regions within the states and all of these non profit ngos. Anyway check out the urbandisplacement website and IDMC website. That may help them with some numbers or atleast give them info on what crappy non profit like spur in oakland would have the exact numbers. SFbay should also walk into the oakland ICLEI office and ask questions.


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