This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (May 2012)
As Oakland Mayor, Jerry Brown continued his predecessor Elihu Harris' public policy of supporting downtown housing development in the area defined as the Central Business District in Oakland's 1998 General Plan.
Brown believed that downtown area should attract people who leave it at the end of their workday.
Since Brown worked toward the stated goal of bringing an additional 10,000 residents to Downtown Oakland, his plan became known as "10K." It has resulted in redevelopment projects in the Jack London District, where Brown purchased and later sold an industrial warehouse which he used as a personal residence, and in the Lakeside Apartments District near Lake Merritt, where two infill projects were proposed and approved. The 10k plan has touched the historic Old Oakland district, the Chinatown district, the Uptown district, and Downtown.
In 2010, The New York Times reported that the 10K plan was still incomplete nearly 4 years after Brown left Oakland. At the time of writing, the city completed just 3,549 units from projects approved during the Brown years.
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