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.
Critics of density bonus use the false argument that because production under the program has failed to solve the affordability problem in its entirety, the program must not work.
The arguments against a proposal to built luxury condos in Mission Beach transcend ridiculous; they belie the notion they have everyone’s best interest and speak to a conceit that flies in the face of what’s best for the community.
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.
In this week’s San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Maya Srikrishnan details the city of Encinitas’ pushback against a state law meant to produce more affordable housing.
Concordia Communities LLC is proposing a 550-luxury home development in an unincorporated part of the county where current rules only allow 27 new homes. The developer’s solution: Get the city of Escondido to annex the land. New overlord, new rules.
North Park became dramatically more dense with the demolition of single-family homes and the construction of Huffman-style apartments decades ago. The neighborhood doesn’t need a second round of increased density and further loss of irreplaceable historic resources.
All three candidates running for the County Board of Supervisors’ District 3 seat say new development must be restricted.
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.