Urbification: Taking the sub out of Calif. suburbs

Walking. Bicycling. Alternatives to Driving Everywhere. Social justice. Alternatives to suburban boredom and waste. And the infrastructure and technology needed to get there.

Saturday, December 27, 2003

Joel Kotkin: "Generally I find cities interested in either low-income or luxury housing. This is my critique of what's happening in downtown L.A. In some cases, developers have to build high-end because if you're going to subsidize low-income, the only way it cancels out is to attract the high-end that will carry everybody else. But the real issue is, Can we create middle-class housing? It would be wonderful if people at regular jobs in downtown L.A. could afford to own a condo and walk to work. That would do more for the city." This is absolutely right on the money. I see it at work in Berkeley on a daily basis, and it seems to me to be inexorably making the city a hostile place for the middle class. Restrictive or gun-shy approaches to dense infill housing around many cities like Berkeley are the main culprit.

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