RYAN NICOLE AUSTIN

“People have very short memories, especially as progress happens, they forget where things start and they’re just looking towards the horizon. I think sometimes we have to turn around and look back, even though that’s discouraged, you have to turn around and look back, especially when you’re building a community, especially when it’s urban development because a city is nothing without it’s legacy and without its lineage. I encourage the newcomers and the people who are seeing the precipice of this change and supporting the precipice of this change to turn around and look back at the people who started it, look back at what made them come here. Look back at what makes investments so exciting in Oakland right now.”