Two families in an Alameda apartment building had a brewing feud for years. It started when the downstairs tenants, the Smiths, complained about the late-night footsteps and television noise coming from the occupants of the upstairs apartment, the Johnsons.
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.