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These anti-development articles by SD Reader are increasingly out of touch with reality. San Diego needs more housing. Period. You can't be a champion of homelessness, low-income and minority folks, nor claim to be an informed progressive if you ignore the fact that housing is a social justice issue, and that the growing lack of affordable housing in San Diego is creating immense social and economic pain to low and middle income folks.

The sad (and often ignored) truth is that our housing crisis is the result of anti-development sentiments and exclusionary zoning created by wealthy and entitled homeowners seeking to raise their own home values and to selfishly keep out others (who, most often, happen to be their children and grandchildren).

SD Reader has done a deplorable job of framing this discussion, instead always defaulting on the easy, old, and lazy narratives of greedy developers, paid off politicians, and poor grandmas stuck in traffic. How about we be a bit more comprehensive in our reporting SDR? How about we actually start a real conversation about our housing crisis? I know it's easier to keep writing the same article over and over again, but the only thing pieces like this do is perpetuate a narrow NIMBY perspective when we need to be productively engaging the public to find real solutions. I challenge you all to think a bit more.

Sept. 16, 2016

First, the fact that you think San Diego is somehow attracting our current population growth shows you are less than knowledgable about our communities demographic and migration patters. We have had net outbound migration for many years. More people are moving away than coming in. Our population growth is the result of child birth, which makes our housing crisis even more horrendous since we are essentially pricing out our own children and grandchildren from the opportunities we once had.

Another issue: San Diego is not the only place where people want to live. Yeah it's great here, but there are only so many jobs to support so many people. We don't need to build "100 story apartment buildings" because their has never been that much demand. What we do need is to keep up with the moderate demand we have now, instead of building fewer homes or none at all.

Lastly, social justice is not childish. Dismissing the plight of others (your neighbors, children, etc.) is.

Sept. 19, 2016

The "mega" developer and the lobbied politician make another tired appearance before the court. Yawn.

You do realize that rents and housing costs in Los Angeles are higher than they are in San Diego. If LA was less desirable than SD, wouldn't it be the opposite case? Go check zillow for yourself. A little bit of research would do you some good rather than relying on anecdotal evidence.

"NIMBY" is not a literal term in most circles, nor should it be in your dictionary. You don't have to be near a proposed development to unjustly oppose it as a NIMBY. It's also the only term available to describe entitled and privileged folks demanding their poorer neighbors and children hike it to Phoenix. So I'll stick with NIMBY, thank you.

Sept. 19, 2016

Congratulations on being a native San Diegan (as am I). Locals like us may know our communities well, but that does not give us the right to discriminate against newcomers, be they from out of state or our own children.

We live in a free market, people can live wherever they like and/or can afford. That does not mean we should promote policies that force low income, middle income, minorities and young families to move out into the desert because of the vested interests of baby boomer retirees who's only concerns seem to revolve around time spent at a traffic light and how fast they can get to and from Vons.

San Diego has always been expensive, BUT IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE. Because of our poor planning, mismanagement, and shortsightedness, we have created an escalating crisis, which the Reader is ignoring. We do need to invest in infrastructure, but the entire community, not just developers providing needed homes, should pay for such needs. Want a new park? Pay a surcharge on already reduced prop 13 property taxes. Want less traffic and smog? Advocate, take and support public transit.

We cannot turn our backs to the future to selfishly horde and deny the opportunities we were given, from them. SD Reader may speak to your limited and self-centered concerns, but they are failing miserably in addressing the problems facing the less-than-entitled next generation of San Diegans.

Sept. 18, 2016

Local residents, more specifically, homeowners, do not have an exclusive right to demand that OUR leaders only focus on their issues. Renters, transplants, and the next generation of San Diegans all deserve to be considered and addressed by our leaders, especially in this housing crisis. We all contribute to our communities, even if we don't own property. OUR leaders are not representatives for HOA's only, they are elected to represent the entire community - that's how our democracy works.

And, yes, I will use whatever words I deem necessary. Thank you.

Sept. 19, 2016

I am a native San Diegan, born and raised. I am neither an indigenous nor aboriginal person, sorry to disappoint you.

Sept. 19, 2016

It's spelled "Manila" and your less than subtle racial jab is just sad.

Sept. 18, 2016

I'm not from Mira Mesa, but I know not to offensively link "crime ridden ghetto" with an ethnic minority. That's a bit too racially charged (and completely false) for me to simply sit by and "relax"... Sad to see 1950's America alive and well in some circles, but the rest of us know better.

Sept. 19, 2016

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