San Diego, CA

Are San Diegans Ever Going to Accept High Density Housing?

J. Maginot

San Diego is facing a housing crisis, that's not news. But will San Diego residents ever do anything meaningful about it?

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Neighbors Outraged Over Infrastructure Deficit in City BudgetImage Courtesy Paul Krueger of Talmage

Homeowners on popular neighborhood networking site Nextdoor.com are up in arms about the City's $4 billion dollar infrastructure deficit and are ready to let City Hall hear about it.

The uptick in posts comes after the City Council approved a new budget that increased the infrastructure deficit from $3.8 to $4 billion.

"I am outraged at this news," one Nextdoor user wrote on the Uptown San Diego community site. "Please talk to your friends, neighbors, and colleagues and urge them to call Mayor Gloria and other city council members and tell them we will not tolerate this."

Community action group Neighbors For a Better San Diego is circulating an online petition they say is aimed at preserving the quality of and ending the assault on San Diego's residential neighborhoods.

Groups such as NFBSD are opposed generally by the Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY) movement which aims to convince the public that new, market rate, housing is needed to solve California's and, San Diego's housing crisis.

San Diego recently passed San Francisco to become the most expensive metro housing market in the nation, a dubious distinction, that is leaving many residents scratching their heads about how to make ends meet and keep a roof over their head.

For many, the hope of a roof or a safe place to lay one's head without fear of law enforcement is no longer a reality as the Mayor's office has stepped up enforcement of city ordinances aimed at curbing homeless encampments.

For now there remains a wide divide between housing advocates and homeowners who say an explosion of affordable market rate housing will destroy the charm of the neighborhoods that make San Diego what it is.

What is your solution for San Diego's housing crisis?

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