IX. Appendices

IX. Appendices

Appendix 1. Interview Subjects

Steve Edrington, Director, Rental Housing Association of Northern Alameda County
Andy Getz, HFH Ltd., developer of 159 housing units at Central Station Project
Lynne Horiuchi, WOPAC member, Hoover/West MacArthur subarea
Maureen Kennedy, researcher, Public Policy Institute
Patrick Lane, Redevelopment Manager, Oakland Redevelopment Agency
Margot Lederer-Prado, Industrial Development, Oakland CEDA
Karin MacDonald, WOPAC member, Prescott/South Prescott subarea
Frances McIlveen, Project Manager, Northern California Land Trust
Nancy Nadel, West Oakland City Council representative
Larry Rice, WOPAC chair, Hoover/West MacArthur subarea
Wendy Simon, Project Manager, Oakland Redevelopment Agency

Appendix 2. Interview Questions
General Questions (for all interview subjects):

1. How does gentrification differ from revitalization of a neighborhood?
2. Did gentrification occur in West Oakland during the dot-com era of 1997-2000? If so, what would you point to as indicators of this process?
3. Is gentrification occurring today in West Oakland and, if so, has the nature of gentrification in West Oakland changed from the dot-com economic boom to the present?
4. What factors do you believe limit the extent of gentrification in West Oakland (land use policy, neighborhood perceptions, etc.)?
5. What factors influenced developers’ and homebuyers’ decisions to invest within Oakland during the dot-com boom and have those factors changed in regard to West Oakland?
6. How has the role of city government changed as a facilitator of investment in West Oakland, and what role does the city play in the gentrification of the neighborhood versus its revitalization?
7. Has the process of gentrification in West Oakland been affected by adjacent neighborhoods’ or cities’ experience with this process?
8. What measures are being taken to minimize the displacement of current residents that may result from new investment in West Oakland?
9. What further measures could be taken to ensure the revitalization of West Oakland without displacement?

Additional questions for planners, developers:
1. What factors influenced developers’ investment locations within Oakland during the dot-com boom and have those factors changed in regard to West Oakland?
2. Has the availability of financing changed in West Oakland for developers, homeowners, and buyers? How does the legacy of redlining there contribute to contemporary development practices?
3. Are you aware of cancelled projects in West Oakland? What is your sense of future development potential there as the housing market subsides?

Additional questions for community residents/activists:

1. How has community activism or residents’ involvement with development in West Oakland shaped the way that gentrification has occurred? Has community involvement in influencing gentrification in West Oakland been unique from other Bay Area neighborhoods?

2. Have community members been effective at minimizing gentrification in West Oakland while still supporting revitalization efforts?

3. What can you say about the history of grassroots community activism in West Oakland as it relates to community engagement with gentrification today?

4. Is this an issue that causes much debate among West Oakland residents and are there varying opinions about gentrification here?


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