What You Told Us: Neighborhoods in Need of Taller Buildings

In our most recent Survey Monkey poll, we asked you, “What Oakland neighborhoods could use taller buildings?”

Opinions on the matter were quite diverse:

“I’m fine with tall buildings. #yimby”

“Major transportation corridors along International Blvd., San Pablo Blvd., and Telegraph Ave.”


“Downtown, College Ave., Broadway, Telegraph, San Pablo, and International Blvd.”

“West Oakland.”


“Downtown Oakland, Temescal, Uptown Oakland, Fruitvale, Broadway, San Pablo and Telegraph Transportation Corridors.”

“Downtown, Uptown.”


“MacArthur BART area.”

“All of them.”

“The entire International Blvd. Corridor, at BRT stops, should have 5-story apartment buildings--each neighborhood with a small square central park. Same for San Pablo Ave. Corridor. Of course Downtown, Uptown as far as Valdez could have more very tall buildings.”

“The Fruitvale District; also the Laurel District.”

“Jack London square; Uptown area; and Lake Merritt area; also the Hegenberger Corridor.”

Of course, some of you weren’t buying the argument that the city needs taller buildings:

“None. Let’s NOT turn into a mini SF nor NYC. We could desperately use some innovative building styles and be more creative that SF. We are in danger of being a ‘mini’ SF now with our increasing and outrageous rents.”

“None! There are too many people here already and not enough infrastructure to support them (i.e. roads, BART, parking, police, hospital emergency rooms).”

And some of you were philosophical about the question:

“What does ‘taller’ mean? Every neighborhood in Oakland can use taller buildings -- as long as they are not high rises -- every one- or two-story house should be allowed to be lifted and another story added. Otherwise, tall buildings shade too many yards (people need sunlight to thrive, too). High-rises should be avoided on narrow streets. Tall buildings are also more expensive to build and more damaging to the environment. Therefore, they do nothing to address the affordability issues. We need to compel banks and subsidies to go toward smaller projects like house-lifts so as to allow average people to participate in the creation of housing, not just for-profit developers. This way we can actually solve the *affordable* housing shortage.”

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  • Sam Felsing
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