It was pointed out to me recently that some people are confused by the title of this blog.
Since 1956 San José had a redevelopment agency (RDA), which served as an important component of the affordable housing development landscape in California.
In 2012, San José’s RDA and others throughout the state became casualties of budget-cutting. Now, they are no more. Besides serving in the drive for urban renewal, funding affordable housing, I believe San José’s RDA also was tasked with reviving downtown business areas such as San José’s Japantown.
The redevelopment agency is dead. Nothing we can do about it.
This doesn’t need to stop redevelopment. Low-income people still need affordable housing. Unique areas of the city still need encouragement achieving their potential. But now we can’t simply tap a government fund to make this happen. That makes it more complex, sometimes frustratingly so, but it doesn’t make it less important or more worthwhile.