The Daily Journal is reporting on the Council study session on so-called "affordable housing" downtown. I shiver whenever I hear the term "affordable housing" in a government-driven context because the Law of Unintended Consequences is upheld so often. Trying to create "affordable housing" in one place usually means increasing the cost of housing in another, nearby place because of the displacement effect. It also ignores what economists call "externalities". That link to Wikipedia talks about the costs of "unregulated markets" actions, but that is just Wiki progressivism since a "regulated decision" like this one can be even more harmful. In this case, one of the main external victims would be the school system. You need only read the ever-growing post on the Hoover situation to know the school crowding issue is real. The article notes
During a Monday study session, the City Council heard a presentation from the firm Pacific Western Community that proposed whether take two city parking lots and construct affordable housing for working people, or workforce housing, on one lot and construct a public parking structure on the other. The two proposed downtown lots are Lots F, located on Park Road and Howard Avenue, and Lot N, located just east of Lot F on Lorton and Howard avenues.
The piece goes on to note
“The most appealing part of the proposal is we would get several hundred parking spots downtown — that would be huge,” Nagel said. “There are many, many questions. This is just the start of the process. It’s important to have all types of housing available. People who work for nonprofits, teachers and others are the backbone of our community — people who are not paid huge paychecks. We’re hearing from them loud and clear we need to do something about this problem.”
I'm thinking it may be time for a Freedom of Information request to the City to review what we actually are "hearing loud and clear" that people want the City getting involved in on housing. Anyone wanna bet it would be a very short file coming back? And if you see how many of the comments come from B'gamers I'll bet it is even shorter. By the way, maybe we should see what happens with the Post Office before the Council even thinks about getting in bed with another developer? The last date didn't work out so well with Grosvenor!