Oakland has gotten a lot of buzz in the national press lately. The New York Times dubbed the city “Brooklyn by the Bay” and listed it as a top global destination. While many Oakland residents are thrilled with the new bars, restaurants and excitement about the city, many worry about the soaring housing and rental prices, gentrification and the displacement of long-term residents. As part of our Boomtown series, Forum looks at whether the Bay Area’s economic surge will translate into more jobs and revenue for a city that has long struggled with poverty, crime and budget shortfalls.
Libby Schaaf, mayor of Oakland
Dawn Phillips, program director of Causa Justa
Greg McConnell, president and CEO of the Jobs and Housing Coalition
Kate O'Hara, executive director of the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy