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REDI Document Archive

The Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) ran a multi year campaign aimed at influencing Richmond decision-makersto adop equity principles in planning processes on  focus areas which include, equitable land use and planning, quality jobs and workforce training, affordable, safe and reliable public transit, greater community ownership and creating a healthy environment.

Research and policy the coalition produced to support its projects and campaigns are listed in reverse chronological order:

REDI Draft City of Richmond General Plan Public Comment

REDI Draft General Plan Public Comment
September 2009
The Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) views the General Plan as an opportunity to incorporate policies that can lead to: a healthier community through affordable housing, reliable and safe public transportation that connects to quality family-supporting jobs, a cleaner environment, accessible community amenities from open space, health care, access to healthy food, and greater community ownership.






REDI’s Housing Platform
March, 2009

As our nation’s economy continues to decline and housing foreclosures continue to rise, local communities and working families are struggling to save themselves from total despair. Richmond has been greatly impacted by this crisis but it is not alone as California and the Bay Area have been especially hard hit. This crisis brings to the forefront the importance of having policies and strategies for long-term safe, affordable, quality housing and access to quality jobs.

Read the Full Platform

MARCH 2009

The Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) prepared this report to show how the national crisis is impacting communities in Richmond, California and to emphasize the need for solutions that minimize this critical situation, especially for the city’s most vulnerable populations. Richmond has a long history of being a welcoming city where many working families can find an affordable home to buy or rent. Now, more than ever, is the opportunity to develop short and long term solutions that allow Richmond to continue to be a place for those who want to call it home.

Read the Full Report

REDI’s Policy Recommendations and Implementation Measures for Richmond’s General Plan Update
December, 2007

REDI developed a series of policy recommendations and implementation measures in the areas of land use, housing, transportation, economic development and health. The goal of these policies is to discourage displacement, segregation and gentrification practices that have occurred in cities that are undergoing similar change. When implemented, these policies can provide community benefits for all residents, specifically low-income communities and communities of color.

Read the Full Report (PDF, 638 KB) or Read the Executive Summary (PDF, 110 KB)

REDI Policy Memo: Equitable Land Use
November, 2007

Richmond, California is in the process of updating its General Plan which serves as the blueprint for city planning and development for California cities for the next 10- 15 years. This memo presents REDI’s ideas on how the City can rewrite its General Plan map to facilitate a reduction in poverty. Although it may be difficult, both technically and politically, we believe it can be done. One of the challenges in thinking about land use and equity is that there is no simple formula for creating a just city. However, over the past year, REDI has been participating in the General Plan update process and thinking about exactly what a fair land use plan for Richmond would look like.

Read It (PDF, 160 KB)

REDI Policy Memo: Richmond’s Ferry to an Equitable Future
July, 2007

The City of Richmond is in the process of evaluating and determining how a new ferry terminal can come to Richmond. This memo presents REDI’s ideas on how a ferry can help facilitate a truly equitable and public waterfront. The ferry is a wonderful opportunity for the City of Richmond to stimulate investment along the waterfront that could generate good jobs, affordable housing, and spectacular open and public spaces. Developing a plan that makes equity a priority by building in key land use, economic development, housing, transportation and environmental requirements not only helps make our case for funding for the ferry, but ensures the sustainable integrated waterfront that Richmond deserves.

Read it (PDF, 134 KB)

REDI Brochure
May, 2007

This brochure provides information on the projects and campaigns that REDI has actively worked on since it is inception. It briefly describes REDI, its vision and some of its projects, including the General Plan Campaign, Leadership Institutes, Local Employment and Tenant Rights campaign.

Read It (PDF, 466 KB)

Growing with Purpose – Residents, Jobs and Equity in Richmond, California
April 2007

This informative report produced by the East Bay Alliance for Sustainable Economy (EBASE) for REDI, documents the many economic challenges impacting Richmond residents. It provides economic and demographic information about population, workforce, jobs and industries that provide a basis for understanding the strategies that need to put in place as well as the opportunities to lift residents out of poverty.

Read the Full Report (PDF, 4 MB) or Read the Executive Summary (PDF, 1.7 MB)

REDI Equitable Development Framework and Principles
February, 2007

REDI developed framework and principles to guide its work in advocating for policy and projects in Richmond that will build a path to a vibrant, holistic, and just community. Richmond. The REDI Equitable Development Framework and Principles document pieces together the intersections among critical elements of the city, including land use, housing, economic development, transportation and health.

Read It (PDF, 466 KB)