Uber has announced plans to move into the former Sears building in downtown Oakland. Though details of Uber’s plans keep changing, many Oaklanders think Uber doesn’t belong in this historically diverse and working-class city that’s already struggling with gentrification and displacement — problems Uber’s arrival will likely make worse.
UPDATE: Uber indicated in late August that it’s considering selling its Oakland building rather than moving in. Whatever Uber does, we still believe this major downtown property should be used in ways that benefit Oakland residents and community groups struggling with gentrification. Watch this space for updates.