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Equity ripples: East Palo Alto continues to struggle amidst neighboring tech boom

Original post made on Sep 15, 2019

Skyrocketing housing prices, a historical lack of economic, educational and health care opportunities have created seemingly insurmountable barriers for East Palo Altans.

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Posted by No More Offices
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 15, 2019 at 10:39 am

Our cities should immediately stop allowing new offices. Period.

Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and East Palo Alto are making our housing problem worse by enabling big new office buildings. Put housing there instead. And stop tearing down older homes, which are the most affordable.

Our city leaders are addicted to growth and blind to its consequences. And they're not honest when they claim new offices help fund affordable housing because those funds are just a trickle compared to the true cost of the additional low-income housing needs created by having more workers.

Office growth is destroying our communities. Stopping it is our only hope.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

>> those funds are just a trickle compared to the true cost of the additional low-income housing needs created by having more workers

Exactly! "They" either can't, or, won't, do the simple arithmetic. We just keep getting -pushed- further behind in housing.


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Posted by Raising The Bar In EPA
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 16, 2019 at 7:19 pm

We recently moved to East Palo Alto as our RE agent emphasized that the city represents the next residential growth area of Silicon Valley & the ROI on our home purchase will be significant in 10 years.

While the neighborhood is a bit on the ratty side, we have taken it upon ourselves to landscape & remodel our new/older home. In time others from high-tech will be moving here as it is the new frontier in local bay area 'fixer-uppers'.

And with that, the schools should gradually improve as the new residents will not stand for substandard public education.

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Posted by EPA Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 17, 2019 at 4:57 pm

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Posted by wander3r
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2019 at 1:52 pm

wander3r is a registered user.

@ Raising the Bar in EPA,

A lot of nerve you have ruining your neighborhood via gentrification by taking caring of your lawn and gardens and making them look nice. You’ll just end up raising your property values and those of others in the neighborhood who dare to do the same upkeep. Forsooth!


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Posted by Land & Location
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 19, 2019 at 2:10 pm

EPA is a future RE goldmine for the visionaries.

(1) The location is desirable (from an accessibility standpoint within the greater Silicon Valley & high-end shopping options are but a short distance away)

(2) The area is also ripe for residential developments...with a lot of tear downs that can still be purchased under (or close to) $1M.

(3) East Palo Alto holds the potential to become another Foster City with a vibrant new neighborhood & community serving the housing needs of many...although it will not be cheap.

(4) We are investing in EPA as a 'futures' venture. No need to renovate the existing properties as they will be destined for tear down anyway.

(5) Our neighbors from overseas 'enlightened' us towards visualizing EPA 15-20 years into the future with a presentable shopping district, townhouses & attractive residential tracts.


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Posted by Equity Means....What?
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 19, 2019 at 3:20 pm

The subject of equity one that is somewhat puzzling to me: have we ever (historically) as a society experienced this concept ("equity") as is being discussed in this latest cycle of gentrification? And if so, what historically has been the measuring stick used by which we were able to proclaim "we've achieved equity!!"

Looking forward to the days that lie ahead, "equity" will best be defined as what exactly, and how will we know we've arrived at a place where "equity" cuts across all socioeconomic boundaries?

The slope is becoming a bit more slippery by the day, isn't it?


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Posted by Land & Location
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 19, 2019 at 3:25 pm

>> Looking forward to the days that lie ahead, "equity" will best be defined as what exactly, and how will we know we've arrived at a place where "equity" cuts across all socioeconomic boundaries?

^^^ When you wake up & realize that you are living in Sweden.

Not going to happen in the SF Bay area...that is why savvy RE investors are exploring EPA. The 'socioeconomic' changes are on the horizon & there is no going back...just like in Palo Alto compared to 40+ years ago.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 20, 2019 at 2:58 am

^ If Sweden believed in equity, we'd all get Nobel Prizes.


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Posted by A Moral Compass
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 20, 2019 at 7:30 am

A Moral Compass is a registered user.

>> ^ If Sweden believed in equity, we'd all get Nobel Prizes.

^^^ In what category?


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