If ever a housing development was ripe to cut down on parking spaces, it would be National City’s Paradise Creek. Yet a push from the city to reduce parking spaces for the development never got off the ground. The struggle reveals one of the region’s biggest challenges when it comes to providing affordable housing and encouraging the use of public transit.

Barbara Bry, who’s running for City Council, recently wrote that Save San Diego Neighborhoods, a group trying to enforce tighter controls on vacation rentals, found more than 6,000 homes had been converted to mini-hotels citywide. Bry, who’s endorsed by the group, said those rentals were “directly contributing to the housing shortage” by removing them from the long-term renter or buyer market.

David Alvarez calls it the Catch-22 of San Diego development: You’ve got developers desperate to build in areas that don’t want it, and areas desperate for development that developers won’t touch. Alvarez and Councilwomen Myrtle Cole and Marti Emerald have a fix in mind.

La Colonia de Eden Gardens, a neighborhood in Solana Beach, has preserved its distinct character since it was founded in the 1920s by Mexican farmworkers. Developers have long left the neighborhood alone, but now they’re starting to come calling.

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