The Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal just posted this profile/interview with Fremont’s Economic Development Director Daren Fields.
Little did I know that Daren and I have a couple of connections. One, we both live in Berkeley. And two, his business hero, Robert Moses, pushed through a highway project that displaced my mother’s family when my mom was a girl growing up in the Bronx.
My mom’s family moved to a bigger apartment, so the Cross Bronx Expressway wasn’t too big a deal for them. But, Moses also wanted to build a parking lot in Central Park and a highway through Greenwich Village, which would have been a very big deal. Let’s just say he wasn’t much for public transit.