Reports of Scaled-Down Development Raise Crucial Questions
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – In response to new reports that Uber is dramatically scaling back previously-announced plans for a new headquarters in downtown Oakland, The Greenlining Institute is asking the company to quickly clarify its plans and its commitments to Oakland.
“For months, Oakland community leaders have been concerned about Uber’s impact in terms of gentrification and displacement, and have worried that this company does not respect Oakland’s values,” said Greenlining Institute President Orson Aguilar. “With today’s report, we’re even less clear about what Uber’s plans mean for our city. Adony Beniares, Uber’s head of global workplace operations, should meet with community leaders right away and bring the community into the company’s planning process.”
Aguilar noted that if Uber only plans to use a small portion of the space in the former Sears building, the space the company doesn’t use could provide great benefit if made available at low cost to community nonprofits and arts organizations.
“Whatever Uber does with this building will have a huge impact on Oakland. We call upon the company to meet with community representatives right away, and work with us to make the impact positive.”