How To Curb Gentrification

In These Times, 4/9/2014

In 2011, Mustafa Solomon, a 57-year old African-American photographer, was served eviction papers. He’d lived in the same apartment in North Oakland for more than 15 years. Now, following what Solomon calls a “small, accidental fire in the kitchen,” his landlord wanted him out.

Solomon believes his landlord had another motive: The unit he shared with his adult daughter and pet dog cost $530 a month, but rents in his neighborhood had been rising quickly due to gentrification. “If I was moving in now, this apartment would probably be $950-1,200 per month,” Solomon says. “They were hoping I would go away and not come back so they could get someone else in here.”