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Sandag accused of eminent domain abuse

San Diego Reader articles are always so amusing... they always follow the same pattern: 1. Something new is being planned 2. This new thing is bad because it is different than the way it is now 3. Everyday people are the ones losing to some big loosely defined enemy 4. Luckily some hero filed (or is about to file) a lawsuit to stop the injustice ... in this case: 1. New Bus layover station and mixed use building 2. Eyesores will be bought out and destroyed (but using eminent domain!) 3. The bar association and some family trust are valiantly resisting certain doom to their livelyhoods 4. Luckily some brave decision makers are out there are wary What anyone who doesn't have an incentive to scare you would tell you: The port-a-potties downtown for bus drivers are an eyesore. Stalled buses all over make driving downtown annoying to drive through. This block is a largely undeveloped eyesore. Most of the spaces on the lot appear unleased or add little value. SANDAG could potentially save on rent by building their own building. God forbid there be a revenue stream created by using the land to it's full potential by adding housing... something that would clearly be to the public's benefit in the city. There is no straightforward way to split these small parcels to preserve ownership while also allowing for the best use of the land that was researched by SANDAG. Not everything is a conspiracy. Not every new thing is bad. Reader articles are redundant.
— December 28, 2017 10:20 a.m.

Short-term vacation rental explosion

To be fair, the city of San Diego is a city, it is whatever people decide it it is. If as a community everyone decides the city of San Diego should be a stagnant low population town next to the border of Mexico... that's what it will become. I think however a lot of people want the city of San Diego to be more than that... and that will require building up. I think your characterization of people living in high rises being "low income" seems pretty out of step with reality (not to mention a little callous). The rents of most high rises preclude anyone with even a moderate income of living there. I'd also point out that the space where the units will be built necessarily would be in existing urban spaces. No one is talking about using parkland to achieve this. San Diego (thanks to parks such as Balboa, Mission Bay, Embarcadero) actually has some of the most parkland per resident of any other major US city. If it is greenery alone you are concerned about, take a walk through some of the urban neighborhoods to see their tree-lined streets to understand that an urban setting doesn't necessitate bare, characterless, concrete enclosures. I think what I really see from your response isn't so much clear logic as emotion. A fear of change and the unknown. The fact is that most of our growth is endogenous... coming from within, which is to say people's children and grand children. San Diego will not always have a population of 3.5 million, it will likely continue to grow. The question then doesn't become, how do we deter our own families from living where they grew up, but what changes need to take place to accommodate them? It is uncomfortable to wrestle with what change will mean for you and your community, but if you are a constructive force, you can have a positive impact on how change is manifested where you live.
— October 23, 2017 11:23 a.m.

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