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Razing historic buildingswon’t help housing crisis
Re: “Are NIMBYs weaponizing historic preservation?” (Page A1, Dec. 3).
Destroying historic buildings won’t solve the housing shortage.
Oakland’s General Plan designates historic Areas of Primary and Secondary Importance. Structures citywide are rated “A” to “D” by the Cultural Heritage Survey.
Yet both the state-mandated Housing Element and the proposed Downtown Oakland Specific Plan zoning rules allow “infill” construction that sometimes looms over significant older buildings.
“C” or “D” rated structures are disposed of through owner neglect. Even higher-rated buildings, like the Fruitvale Hotel, are allowed to deteriorate, then be demolished.
Many communities, including ours, have surpassed state targets for new housing in all but the “affordable” category. Yet builders argue that only with luxury apartment towers will their projects pencil out.
Trickle-down economics doesn’t work — not in the national economy, not in California cities. Destroying existing affordable housing to build market-rate units displaces low-income residents.
It is wrong to pit housing-hungry people against residents who value our built environment.
Harris should comehome — and retire
Re: “harris-and-run-for-governor/”Come home, Kamala Harris, run for California governor” (Page A9, Nov. 3).
Joe Mathews is right — Kamala Harris should come home.
Harris has proven unqualified for the national stage. Her only major assignment since being elected vice president three years ago was to solve the ongoing immigration disaster on our southern border, an assignment she has utterly failed. Harris has never exhibited any leadership qualities needed to be a politician at the state or national levels. She has only a minimal understanding of the issues and appears clueless when trying to discuss them in front of a camera.
Mathews is wrong