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Taking a closer look at how a history of racism shaped Mountain View's housing

Original post made on Jul 28, 2022

In 1924, “only very desirable people" could purchase homes in Mountain View's Palmita Park, one incident of many discussed at a sold-out community roundtable on the city's history of housing discrimination on July 26.

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Posted by MV neighbor
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 28, 2022 at 4:34 pm

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The PDF to the presentation linked in the article is very well done and informative in a very straight forward measured way. Worth reading and thought provoking.

Posted by Polomom
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jul 29, 2022 at 10:13 am

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My sons deed in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Los Gatos excludes buyers of non caucasian origin. It is from the 1940's, when that community was founded. I am so glad this provision won't be enforceable today, but it sure was a shocking discovery when studying his deed.

Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 4, 2022 at 8:41 am

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Guadalupe Rosas is asking the right question: “affordable to whom”? Was the word “gentrification” mentioned at the study? Building expensive market rate units at a rate that is disproportionate to the existing population will drive out those who aren’t paid tech salaries, many of whom are persons of color. Isn’t that actually a new form of racial discrimination in housing? Over the last eight year RHNA cycle, only about 12% of the units were not market rate. No legislation has been passed that would change that ratio going forward. Building lots of housing that is only “affordable” to techies is not a cure for racial discrimination in housing, it is the exact opposite. And note that the offensive laws of the past were voided in 1968.

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