One of the buzzwords I hear frequently is “affordable housing,” speaking of the need for homes and apartments to be built to accommodate people of lower incomes. Of course, we all need a place to live — from the homeless to the millionaire — and California is a very expensive place to live. When the State of California talks about affordable housing, they want every city to do its fair share, providing below-market-priced homes and apartments for those who earn less than the average local income. Often, affordable housing is used in the same sentence as “Smart Growth” or “Sustainable Growth.” When you hear those two phrases, please pay close attention because they often mean homes that are multi-story with limited parking and many residents, a sort of “stack ’em and pack ’em” planning concept.For the complete article see the 12-31-2013 issue.
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