Oak to Ninth Avenue

At a Glance:

Location: Oakland, California

Date: 2006

Vital Condition: Belonging and Civic Muscle, Humane Housing, Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: clean air, belonging and civic muscle, noise, affordable housing, traffic safety, clean water, housing, built environment

Affected Population: N/A

Research Methods: Quantitative research, Literature review, Primary research, GIS mapping, Qualitative research

Community Types: urban

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The University of California Berkeley Health Impact Group conducted an HIA on the ‘Oak to Ninth’ waterfront development project. The proposed project includes residential units, commercial space, parking facilities, public open space, renovated marinas and a wetlands restoration area on approximately 64 acres of waterfront property owned by the Port of Oakland. The HIA focused on several health factors including parks and natural spaces, pedestrian injuries, healthy housing and social integration, and air quality. The HIA found that although the project will result in a new residential neighborhood rich in park resources, elements of the project and existing physical barriers may limit the potential health benefits of the project to greater Oakland residents. The HIA also found that future residents of the Oak to Ninth area may be at risk for chronic and acute respiratory diseases due to proximity to the I-880 freeway. The HIA made several recommendations, including that the City of Oakland convene an independently facilitated multi-stakeholder consensus process to address unresolved controversies associated with the Oak to Ninth Development and implementing a traffic calming program in adjacent residential neighborhoods to include vehicle lane narrowing, raised crosswalks, raised intersections, and traffic circles to mitigate the risk of pedestrian injuries.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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