Is it too much for a father to want his grown kids to return to the fold, or at least the same town? Yes, yes it is. As a realist and appreciating the richness of living in new and diverse locales, I don’t expect, or even want, my kids to want to live in Alameda any time soon.
The word “infill” sounds innocuous. Find a hole or dig a hole and fill it in: infill. “Material that fills in something”: infill; the fixer-upper in your neighborhood that a developer buys, tears down, and builds three-to-six story, million-dollar, market-rate condos: infill.
On Jan. 29, Vice Mayor John Knox White convened a “Measure A Discussion” meeting that included me, Christopher Buckley, Planning Director Andrew Thomas, Planning Board members Alan Teague and David Burton, and a representative of an urban mixed-use development company.
Driving through Alameda, I see campaign signs alternating with piles of possessions left behind by people who can no longer afford to live in Alameda. The $600 additional unemployment benefits many people were surviving on ran out in July.
When Carrie opened her restaurant in Alameda, she took pride in serving customers recipes that were etched in her heart as a child. In March 2020, Carrie’s restaurant had to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Carrie switched to take out and delivery services.