Oakland Mayor's Different Visions

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 01/18/2006 - 10:00pm

Top candidates offer voters clear contrasts; De La Fuente, Nadel face glare of Dellums' star power

The race for Oakland's next mayor begins in earnest today, and voters have three distinct choices in their candidates: the nuts-and-bolts City Council president, the idealist former congressman and the progressive councilwoman who could be a spoiler.

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Transit Oriented Development Revitalizes Chicago Neighborhood

"In development work, there is no such thing as a cookie cutter,” says Trinette Britt-Reid, a consultant at Bethel New Life, a faith-based community development corporation in Garfield Park on Chicago’s West Side. Garfield Park is an older urban community within the Chicago Empowerment Zone, an area torn by riots in the 1960s and weakened by decades of declining population, abandoned properties, poverty, crime, and drugs.

For more than 20 years, Bethel has executed a variety of community development projects in this neighborhood—affordable housing, commercial industrial development, employment services—and also brought in health and human services, including daycare. Since the mid-1990s, acting with several partners in the public and private sectors, Bethel has taken a transit-oriented development approach, building on an unexpected neighborhood asset: an elevated train stop (or “the El,” as Chicagoans call their venerable rail transit system). Bethel wants to make the El station an anchor for area revitalization efforts.

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