- When the city attains its economic development goals, there will be a mismatch between housing supply and job growth for low wage workers. Current plans do not account for the growth in this job sector.
- Affordable housing provisions elsewhere in the city are not sufficient to protect low-income residents against displacement pressures
An increasingly unaffordable downtown commercial center will not serve the needs of lower income community members, and will continue to exclude these residents from the benefits of economic growth. On its current path, Redwood City runs the risk of becoming increasingly segregated and inaccessible to the workers who will form the foundation of its new economy. Along with housing policies, city governments in the region should also consider adopting other policies such as living wage or other asset building strategies to ensure that all inhabitants share in the region’s prosperity.
Redwood City is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. To create an active job and housing center, leaders of Redwood City are trying to redevelop the once nearly abandoned downtown. This planning and growth largely ignores the needs of future low income workers and existing residents of surrounding neighborhoods. This results in an acute risk of exclusionary displacement.