A small architecture and development firm in Little Italy is taking a radical approach to building housing – they’ll work for free.
Build Better San Diego, composed of labor unions, environmentalists and community organizing groups, is eyeing a housing-focused tax measure to fund subsidized housing.
San Diego County permitted a little more than three units per 1,000 people in 2016. That’s dwarfed by the level of new housing permits in other fast-growing Sun Belt cities.
In this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan describe some of the solutions politicians are proposing to ease the housing crisis.
Rich suburbs have no more room and are experiencing low population growth. Meanwhile, the highest growth in San Diego County is in lower middle-income Vista. Together, these two trends show how poor transportation and growth-restricting zoning limit the county’s access to good jobs.
Among the 130 housing bills before the state Legislature is one sponsored by the city of San Diego that would allow local housing authorities, like the San Diego Housing Commission, to build middle-income housing.
Though plans for a border wall – a literal barricade dividing the U.S. and Mexico – are moving forward, the vision for a property just south of the existing border fence strives to connect Tijuana and San Diego more than ever by becoming a hub for where people from both sides of the border can live and work.
Housing costs have repelled many prospective migrants, and at the same time encouraged residents to relocate to Riverside County. Disproportionately, those leaving San Diego for Riverside are low-income people, not well-off homeowners chasing a bigger house.
Even though the vacancy rate for downtown office space is the lowest it’s been in years, most developers and investors building in East Village are still sticking with the safer bet: apartments.
Carlsbad Council is confident that data from increased surveillance will stay secure, Encinitas gets sued over housing yet again and more in our weekly roundup of news from North County.