Have you checked out the EQTDTO website? We are honored to be part of the team to support the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan with an equity lens.
It has been five years since we launched our pilot in Old Oakland, and at that time, as Oakland residents, we had to invest in ourselves at a time when no one else would. Ours was a citizen-led bottom up pilot to innovate solutions for a city we love.
The pressures of gentrification have changed the conversation with a speed that we would not have imagined just five years ago. It has had negative impacts on the many communities that we serve. These changes have disproportionately impacted residents, youth, artists, and businesses of color. Much of the work we have engaged in since 2011 have focused on broader policy, planning efforts, and city and district level programs that provide economic opportunity through entrepreneurship.
We are proud to be part of this recent effort in Oakland for the Downtown Specific Plan. At the heart of our mission is leveraging the unique genius within to creatively shape the future of cities. The Equity in Downtown Oakland launched a series of Social Equity Working Group Meetings recently, and we are looking forward to our next series of meetings.
This would be an excellent opportunity to Voice your Vision for the equitable future of Downtown Oakland and Keep the Town in Downtown!
Here are 4 key ways to get involved & VOICE YOUR VISION:
1. Share information with your communities! Visit the EQTDTO website and spread the word by sharing the link to encourage members of your community to get involved & upload and share their comments directly on our community feedback form.
2. Host an event or invite our team to an upcoming event. We can co-design creative strategies to engage your community in the process.
3. BE VOCAL. Voice your vision, follow us on social media and tag us @EQTDTO #EquityInAction #KeepingTheTownInDowntown
4. Attend a meeting! Please check the News & Updates section for times and locations in the coming week. Each meeting has a focus around the following topic areas:
Let us know if you need help to get the word out to your communities! Read more...