San Diego is in the middle of a major housing crisis, but so far we’ve failed to address it.
Voice of San Diego has covered some of the big housing failures: Poway’s rejection of affordable homes for veterans, Encinitas’ unwillingness to do its fair share in meeting state housing goals and development proposals that promote urban sprawl.
Post-recession, San Diego County now faces a deficit of 60,000 units, with low- and middle-income housing hardest hit. We should be building 14,000 units every year to meet demand and even more to make up the deficit.
But it is not all bleak and hopeless. We’re part of a new coalition called Housing You Matters, which is seeking to build a new consensus on constructive solutions to San Diego’s housing crisis.
Here’s how San Diego leaders and community member can help start chipping away at the problem:
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" At the end of the day, we must convince the public that providing needed housing makes the entire region a better place to live."
Good luck with that. More density and more people make the quality of life in San Diego go down not up.
If the city started withholding services from neighborhoods that don't pay for themselves in tax revenue (low density residential neighborhoods) and fix the potholes in the ones that do (high density neighborhoods), then I think people would decide that density isn't so bad. https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/1/10/poor-neighborhoods-make-the-best-investment
I suggest they do that, be honest about it, and see how that works out for them.
Affordable housing is an oxymoron and this infill/density strategy is an unfillable cup. When all is said and done what you have is more people with the same problem.....a lack of housing
Actually, all the people already live in the community. Density is shifted within the city, because these low income folks come from and still live in the city where the new housing is built. Figuring out the ideal density map is the difficult thing for communities.
Also, the main benefactors are not the middle class. This makes the housing problem more difficult to sell to the community, because most people in communities like Encinitas, are middle class. The main benefactors are the investment class and the very poor. It's an easy sell to the investment class as long as the housing is somewhere else. Along with that, it's difficult to get the poor to participate in the process, because they have difficulty navigating the system. So who will take up the slack?
The real key in places like Encinitas is to take into consideration the demographics and sell to their desires. Of course getting the discussion going is the first step.
So where are we going now that the discussion has started?
These are reasonable suggestions. This isn't the first time they've been floated, and obviously these alone won't solve the crisis, but it's good to see Housing You Matters picking them up and running with them. Thank you.