I was at the Oakland Urban Design and Planning Commission on Monday night, and the crowd was filled with developers, activists, planners, and designers.
I was there to talk about how to build the city I love.
The commission was chaired by the city’s former chief planner, Maria Garcia.
She’s been out of the city for some time, and has decided to return to it, although she will not be returning to the helm of the Oakland Housing Authority.
She told me that Oakland has grown from just about the worst city in America, to a great place to live, work, and play.
It has the most amazing parks, the best bike paths, the largest urban park system in the world, and so much more.
Oakland is also one of the most diverse cities in America.
In the 1990s, only five percent of residents were white.
Today, more than half of Oakland’s population is white.
(More than half are Hispanic, with half of them Latino.)
The city has a thriving arts and cultural scene.
And, as one of my former colleagues at the city agency told me, the city is also the only place in America where young people are being trained to become engineers.
So, yes, it is a very diverse city.
What’s even more impressive is that Oakland is so diverse that it is one of only a few cities that can claim to be home to a city-wide majority-black population, and even fewer that can boast the lowest median income of any city in the country.
The city also has one of America’s largest cities-level unemployment rates, a high percentage of residents without health insurance, a large percentage of the homeless population, a relatively high number of police officers, and an overall large police force.
It is also home to an innovative tech industry, which employs more than 200,000 people and produces $17 billion in economic output.
The next generation is growing up in Oakland now, and it’s inspiring me to think about what they can learn from this city.
It will be a long time before we see a city as vibrant and vibrant as Oakland, but I can’t wait.
I’ll leave you with a quote from one of our old friends, George Wallace: “It’s all over the map.
You can get to a place that’s good, or you can get there where you can do whatever you want to do.”
I hope you enjoy this article as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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