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Balancing Housing Density And Community Character In San Diego

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By 2050, demographers at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) estimate there will be 4.4 million people living in San Diego County. What are we going to do with another 1 million plus people? Will they all live in our region?

The answer may be more homes in the same amount of space. That means our neighborhoods are going to look less like Des Moines and more like San Francisco. But how do you sell housing density to people who live in San Diego today?

David Gatzke from Community Housing Works says it’s important to create community plans to help people travel within the city efficiently.

“We need to recognize the next 30 years can look like the last 30 years,” Gatzke said.

He said indicators show home ownership is valued less than in previous years. Gatzke also pointed out most 19- to 24-year-olds would give up their cars before their laptops or smart phones.

Earlier this year residents in Clairemont strongly objected to plans for more homes and taller buildings around a planned trolley station. A panel discussion on the issue will be held Thursday. It is being hosted by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

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