Letter to the Editor

SLO can do better

San Luis ObispoJuly 12, 2013 

Thank you for pointing out the need for affordable housing in our county (and city). I recall your excellent seven-day coverage some years back on this subject. I was new to the area and quite impressed that this would make front page. Alas, the issue has slipped (as, historically, it always has).

Whatever happened to the workforce housing push? The fact is that many of us cannot afford to buy. Period.

Where do the workers live? As usual, they must commute and pollute. Or, crowd into the slum hidden behind a wall on South Street, near Higuera. There are options, yet the powers-thatbe lean in favor of the developer community every time. What about co-ops? A Villages model is catching on around the country, offering livable rental options for seniors. No doubt subsidies are required. Still, we subsidize homeowners, at every level. A sacred cow, that.

I do not want to live in a rich-retiree haven. Surely, SLO, the “happiest” town in the United States, and one of the most progressive , can do better than this. We could become a model, if we could find the will. Let’s keep this conversation going.

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