Taking our measure
If you haven’t done so already (and judging by the number of comments, maybe you have), check out Lauren Do’s thought-provoking post from Friday about blight and Measure A. The post brings up an interesting question: What’s a bigger problem in our community, housing density or blight? And how does Measure A address those problems?
The answers to these questions, laid out in the dozens of comments that follow, offer a rich debate over the purpose of Measure A and its impacts on this Island, and whether it continues to be the best tool for protecting what we’ve got and controlling development here (and as an added bonus, there’s a discussion about what constitutes blight and some supporting photographic evidence of run-down homes).
This is an important discussion, of course, because it’s almost a lock that we’ll see Measure A on the ballot in the not-too-distant future, as part of SunCal Companies’ efforts to develop Alameda Point.
They’ll probably ask Alameda voters for an amendment to Measure A allowing them to build higher-density housing on the old Naval base. But it’s pretty likely the Point debate will spur a discussion (if not an out-and-out brawl) about whether we still need Measure A, whether we can come up with something better, and if we are able to trust the folks we’re electing to the City Council to use it wisely.
And PS: Newly-added Alamedans blogger Edmundo Delmundo has posted the text of Measure A for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!