Category Archives: Development

No TLC from TLC

Mike O’Hara, the familiar face of Tim Lewis Communities, is probably the guy who will present the latest version of the developer’s plan for the Encinal Terminals to Council for approval Tuesday night. The Merry-Go-Round predicts that, after the dog-and-pony … Continue reading

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Unto the breach for Mr. Knox White

Maybe it’s because we just got back from Ashland, but every time we think of John Knox White and his nascent campaign for Council, a scene from Henry V flashes before our eyes.

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“Progressives” and Prop. 10

At first glance, it might seem easy for any Alamedan who identifies herself as a “progressive” to decide to back Proposition 10, which would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act and permit cities to enact rent-control ordinances covering all rental properties within … Continue reading

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The “nexus” between market-rate and affordable housing

Today we submit for your consideration the following heresy: The market-rate residential developments approved or proposed for Alameda aren’t going to solve the problem of the shortage of affordable housing in the City.  In fact, if anything, they’re going to … Continue reading

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Real Alamedans united

At the Merry-Go-Round, we’ve always had a soft spot for grassroots organizations formed by ordinary citizens to use the electoral process to achieve shared policy objectives, especially when the ruling class won’t listen to them. This is why we admire … Continue reading

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Delay of gain

Typically, residential development projects have been sold to skeptics in Alameda by emphasizing the “public benefits” they provide. For those who aren’t persuaded that the City needs more housing for the affluent (the pitch goes), just look at what else … Continue reading

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They’re there in Oakland

For more than a while now, the Merry-Go-Round has been listening as the developers of Site A at Alameda Point and the Del Monte warehouse try to explain why their projects have not broken ground, more than two years after … Continue reading

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