The Bay Area Technology Boom Continues

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Define the Problem
As the bay area technology boom continues, so has one of residents’ basic needs: the cost of housing. According to U.S. Census data five of the top seven fastest growing counties in California are in the bay area, with the fastest growing county being Alameda (2010). Since the 2010 census, it was estimated Alameda would add a little over 100,000 residents by August of 2014. With the increased population the cost of living has also increased, especially housing costs. From January 2014 to January 2015, the average rent in Oakland increased by approximately 20 percent in a city struggling to deal with housing demands (Zillow, 2015).
The core cause of this problem stems from the issues of gentrification. The merriam-webster dictionary defines gentrification as “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents” (2015). San Francisco has also seen increasing rents prices as median rent in the city increased approximately 16 percent last year (Zillow, 2015). As rent prices also soar to record highs in San Francisco residents have flocked to the east bay to try and find cheaper rents. Along with the influx of new affluent residents come shops, stores and restaurants. A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle’s food blog “Inside Scoop” named four new restaurants opening in Oakland’s Temescal district, a neighbor hood that has rapidly changed over

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