I have been following the debate about "no growth" or "slow growth" in Los Angeles. I am alarmed that opponents to growth (any type of growth) have a disproportionate impact on city council members, and the voice of reason is seldom heard. Here are certain rational observations:
1--Contrary to popular belief, new residential construction is not aimed at "newcomers" to Southern California; rather, it addresses the housing needs of local residents who have improved their financial status and seek better living quarters.
2--Advocates of "low density" fail to realize that "quality" is not easily quantifiable. There are good high-density environments and awful low-density environments, and the only solution is to establish design review boards staffed by design and urban planning professionals.
3--Most of the vociferous activist homeowners have total disregard for the city as an entity, being concerned only with their neighborhood and their property. How many of these "concerned" citizens are car-pooling, and how many have ridden a bus to work even once?