About TCC Projects
The Project Area is 4.96 square miles in East Oakland with approximately 41,566 residents in six neighborhoods, include the Oakland International Airport, Oakland Coliseum, Coliseum BART station, the MLK Shoreline Park, the San Leandro Creek, the Capitol Corridor Amtrak and multiple public facilities (libraries, recreation centers and schools).
Challenging the typical top-down approach to community development, the “Better Neighborhoods, Same Neighbors” Initiative builds on decades of activism in East Oakland, and the recent East Oakland Neighborhood Initiative (EONI). EONI focused on deep engagement in six East Oakland neighborhoods: Melrose, Highland/Elmhurst, Sobrante Park, Brookfield Village/Columbia Gardens, Stonehurst, Coliseum/Rusdale/Lockwood/Havenscourt.
The Project Area is 4.96 square miles in East Oakland with 41,566 residents in six neighborhoods. The current ethnic breakdown is approximately 28% African American and 59% Latino, with significant shifts occurring over the last 10 years resulting in a higher percentage of Latinos and a lower percentage of African American residents.
The project area has disproportionately high health risks and lower life expectancies according to Alameda County Public Health Department (data shows that average life expectancy varies by up to 10 years, depending on race, across one mile, from the East Oakland flatlands to the Oakland Hills). The area also has disproportionate exposure to air pollution sources from industry, the I-880 freeway, Port of Oakland, and others.
Environmental conditions are worsened by the minimal number of urban trees. This lack of tree canopy contributes to high asthma rates, urban heat island effect, limited outdoor activity, flooding and other quality of life concerns. These concerns were highlighted throughout the EONI planning process, that guided project prioritization to improve air quality, environmental, health and economic benefits.
Traffic collisions are another significant hazard for people walking in the Project Area, with International Boulevard identified as a High Injury Corridor in the City’s 2017 Pedestrian Plan. Also, the AC Transit Bus Rapid Transit project is expected to begin service along the International Boulevard corridor by mid-2020.
Economic challenges are significant: 36% of families living below poverty level; 36% homeownership; 39% of residents have no high school diploma. There is a lack of neighborhood retail/services; no banks; limited access to healthy food; and a critical need for more affordable housing.
The Project Area assets include the Oakland International Airport, Oakland Coliseum, Coliseum BART station, the MLK Shoreline Park, the San Leandro Creek, the Capitol Corridor Amtrak and multiple public facilities (libraries, recreation centers and schools).