Friday, October 27, 2006


Workforce housing proposal would be right outside my window

I'd be bummed about the change of my scenery, but it's a perfect location for such this project. Once again, my inner blue triumphs over my inner green.

And let it be said that I faced my potentially NIMBY Sartrerian existential moment and came out of it with my soul intact.

They shall sing my praises on the mountaintops!

I think you can almost make out my office window in the background behind Charlie. You have to go to the article, as the RT site doesn't let me post its photos. Wave to me!

Looks like a better use of that spot would be a Home Depot, or something along that line.
I'm just praying it won't be a gas station, which is a more likely possibility.
YAY more 2.99 a gallon gas. *eye roll*
Well, it still belongs to the school district, and they're still using the office, so a lot can happen. But it's a perfect location from the offramp.
"Workforce Housing."

I hate that term. It somehow implies that this is housing for some sub-set of the population; someone below 'us'. It suggests that the workers are mere "proles," and that this kind of housing is akin to a 'handout' to those poor unfortunates.

In reality, the workforce is us. This is housing for people earning between $35,000 and $50,000 a year. That's the broad majority of Humboldt County's residents.

This kind of housing should not be something 'special,' rather this is exactly the kind of housing that our local developers should be building. Instead, they are building a product that only 12% of residents can afford.

Folks, we are the workforce. We are the faces of "affordable housing".
Well, if you don't want developers chasing the 90 percent of the money held by that 12 percent, you need subsidizing, which is "special."
Eric, there are many, many ways to bring down teh cost of housing besides subsidies. We have a 'mono-crop' of large-lot, single-family residences in this county. In the last 10 years or so, the average new home has doubled in size, while the average number of occupants has fallen significantly (from 2.4 to 1.8.) We will never get affordable housing without changing the size and type of housing that we are building. On-site septic requires large lots. To make the cost of the large lot 'pencil out,' the developer must build a larger house. This kind of development simply cannot provide housing affordable to the vast majority of Humboldt County's residents and families.

If we want housing that's affordable to the people who actually live here, we have to build accordingly. That means smaller homes on smaller lots, and that means infrastructure. Not only will this make home-ownership possible for more families, but it will also protect our forests, farmlands, and hillsides from loss to rural sprawl.
Works for me. But how do you make this happen?
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