December 4, 2015; KQED-FM (San Francisco, CA)
In a new and troubling twist on months of stories about rent-burdened tenants being displaced as their neighborhoods go upscale, an audio op-ed on San Francisco’s KQED from author Patrice O’Neill explains the problem of nonprofits and small businesses being displaced by the commercial developments from across the Bay in San Francisco:
The influx of money into Oakland has been both charming and alarming. There’s a real danger that the people who made this town a vibrant place to live and work—most especially communities of color—are being forced out, and so are the small businesses and non-profits that fill downtown buildings. My national nonprofit has been based in downtown Oakland for over 20 years and we’ve seen the changes.
Ms. O’Neill is CEO of Not In Our Town, a national nonprofit working to stop hate and bullying. According