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Cash-strapped urban cities and suburbs seek to redevelop lands make their locality attractive to high-end residential and commercial developers. These redevelopment efforts potentially displace low-income and disproportionately people of color. In 2004, one month after the opening of new million dollar homes, over 400 low-income and predominantly African American families in the city of Alameda received tenancy termination notices from the property owner of the 615-unit Harbor Island Apartments. Tenants would have between 30 to 90 days to move or otherwise face eviction. The eight previous years, the owner, Florida-based Fifteen Group, allowed the property to slowly deteriorate. Although the city cited the apartments for numerous code violations, lax enforcement, revolving management companies, and lack of concern for low-income tenants made reform difficult. After tenants plead for assistance, the city council filed for an injunction to prevent mass displacement. Although the court ruled the city lacked standing to file suit, the tenant’s struggles led to moving stipends, rental assistance, and increased criticism of Alameda’s exclusionary land use policies. This study examines the factors that led to the exile of hundreds of low-income families in Alameda, how tenants resisted displacement and criminalization that justified displacement. Examining the social and economic forces that exclude poor people and particularly African Americans from the redevelopment efforts in Alameda illustrates the dynamics of gentrification taking place in cities throughout the United States.