Jamestown’s not all bad

The proposal to build housing at South Shore seems very logical: A declining shopping center spread out in a haphazard fashion, near the beach and public transportation could very nicely be converted to the housing that is so drastically needed in the Bay Area (“South Shore Plans Have Barely Begun,” Aug. 22). 

After all, the housing is addressing a region shortfall; those who need it are already here fighting for what’s available, pushing out current residents, forcing up rents and causing tent encampments. 

Arguing against such a project based on extra traffic ignores the reality that the traffic isn’t created by housing construction. It is created by job growth in the technology sector. The traffic results from lack of housing near jobs and lack of public transportation alternatives. These factors must be addressed by creating housing throughout the Bay Area and Alameda must be willing to do its part.  

The Jamestown proposal, which will include at least 15 percent affordable housing, will take years to develop and, along the way, many design, transportation and climate sustainability factors can be addressed. 

The younger generation in Alameda, which is largely ignored in all debates around what constitutes a habitable environment in this town, will applaud our efforts to retool the South Shore Center for the future. They do not live in the past like the rest of us. 


Laura Thomas