Thursday, August 04, 2011

California's war on the single family home


Interesting that the Berkeley Daily Planet posted this piece that challenges the trendy anti-suburbs dogma that dominates local planning departments. Kotkin has his own website that's worth bookmarking for regular visits:

Waging war on the single family home  
By Joel Kotkin
July 27, 2011
In recent years, homeowners have been made to feel a bit like villains rather than the victims of hard times, Wall Street shenanigans and inept regulators. Instead of being praised for braving the elements, suburban homeowners have been made to feel responsible for everything from the Great Recession to obesity to global warming.

In California, the assault on the house has gained official sanction. Once the heartland of the American dream, the Golden State has begun implementing new planning laws designed to combat global warming. These draconian measures could lead to a ban on the construction of private residences, particularly on the suburban fringe. The
new legislation’s goal is to cram future generations of Californians into multi-family apartment buildings, turning them from car-driving suburbanites into strap-hanging urbanistas.

That’s not what Californians want: Some 71% of adults in the state cite a preference for single-family houses. Furthermore, the vast majority of growth over the past decade has taken place not in high-density urban centers but in lower-density peripheral areas such as Riverside-San Bernardino. Yet popular preferences mean little in a state where environmental zealotry increasingly dictates how people should live their lives...

Labels:

10 Comments:

At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You never cease to amaze at the crap you dig up to post.

"suburban homeowners have been made to feel responsible for everything from the Great Recession to obesity to global warming."

Because suburban lifestyle is responsible for obesity and global warming. The Great Recession is only part of their fault for buying into homes they couldn't afford with commutes that became too expensive when gas went about $4/gal.

"The new legislation’s goal is to cram future generations of Californians into multi-family apartment buildings, turning them from car-driving suburbanites into strap-hanging urbanistas."

What has been the gov't goal since WWII? The exact opposite so that is where the people went.

Wow, you are ignorant. Things start to go a different direction and you dig in your heels.

 
At 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People respond to opportunity. People seek the path of least resistance. People generally do what they want. People get upset when told they cannot do what they want.This applies equally to the suburbanite and the hipster. Freedom to choose, with one important caveat, "you can swing your fist but not in the vicinity of my nose".

 
At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is, most people in CA don't know what is going on. The don't know Mary Nichols and the destructive CARB practices and plans that are going to destroy our economy and way of life. This is the resul of one-party rule in CA. Btw, I think we can agree the Community reinvestment act has had a huge role in the housing market's downfall.

 
At 11:12 AM, Anonymous bike-nut said...

If Rob was around 75 years ago, would he have wrote about the gov't war on urban centers? Or would there have been a mention about the car's war on peds and bikes?

 
At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Btw, I think we can agree the Community reinvestment act has had a huge role in the housing market's downfall."

Ignorant comment of the day award!

 
At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CRA = disaster. Sorry if the truth hurts.

 
At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always easiest to blame minorities, Xenophobic prick.

 
At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blame the minorities? What a world you must live-in ... In actuality, people of your ilk are the racists, take a look at the numbers - blacks are leaving SF and Oakland in droves, and no wonder, its people like you who keep Home Depot and other "evil" chains from coming to the city. You are the ones who priced out the minorities. High gas taxes, terrible schooling, no first time job opportunites ... you're the racist prick.

 
At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Your Neighbor said...

District 5 Diary: where pointless anonymous comments get approved and thoughtful ones get "disappeared".

 
At 12:46 PM, Anonymous erdoc63 said...

I find it hard to believe that there are liberals still ignorant enough to believe that CRA had nothing to do with the housing crash. I suppose anything's possible.

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home