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In Oakland and elsewhere, health care is investing in affordable housing

by Raquel Maria Dillon Mar 12, 2019
Kensington Gardens' experience is indicative of a developing trend.
Ameria Lipscomb at her Kensington Gardens apartment.
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Voters in a California city weigh taxing vacant properties to help ease homelessness

by Farida Jhabvala Romero Oct 11, 2018
If the Oakland measure is approved, it would be the state's first such tax.
Homeless advocate Candice Elder checks in with Dorothy Smith at an encampment in Oakland in August. Smith, who raised her children in the city, said her disability benefits are not enough to afford housing.
Farida Jhabvala Romero/KQED

Some Oakland residents fear evictions following deadly warehouse fire

by Marketplace Contributor Dec 15, 2016
A few days after the fire, worried residents packed Oakland City Hall to ask for a moratorium on evictions.
The Ghost Ship warehouse fire that started on Dec. 2, 2016 killed 36 people.
Sukey Lewis/KQED

Bay Area fire highlights region's housing issues

by David Brancaccio Dec 5, 2016
Thirty-six people have died in a warehouse fire in Oakland. Authorities say the death toll could rise significantly.
A fireman walks by the fire-ravaged warehouse in Oakland where at least 36 people have died.
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Oakland, California, might be the center of gentrification

by Molly Wood, Hayley Hershman, and Cerise Castle Aug 19, 2016
To understand the process, look at 2523 Martin Luther King Junior Way.
A home foreclosure in Oakland, California, in 2006. The city is a textbook example of gentrification.
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Tech boom starts to transform Oakland real estate

by Molly Wood Jan 19, 2016
Commercial real-estate developers scramble to keep up with next-gen office demands

Oakland struggles to be the anti-San Francisco

by Molly Wood Jan 12, 2016
As the tech boom spreads to the East Bay, the city tries to maintain its character

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Silicon Valley comes to Oakland

by Sam Harnett Jun 25, 2014
The tech start-up scene in Oakland is distinguishing itself with diversity.

West Oakland: From Black families to tech geeks

by Aarti Shahani Oct 16, 2013
The housing crisis hit many black families in West Oakland. One community activist thinks how the real-estate market is doing now doesn't match the neighborhood.

Oakland neighbors turn to crowdfunding for security

by David Brancaccio Oct 8, 2013
Using a Kickstarter-like web platform to fill the gaps left by the police force