I am amazed at how stupid some of the slow-growth initiative supporters are. Your May 24 article "Slow, Pro Growth Forces Debate Traffic and Housing" includes a perfect example.
In response to comments by Crystal Sims regarding the increased home prices the initiative will most likely cause, you quoted Irvine Councilman Ray Catalano as saying, "The only way to get affordable housing is to tell them (developers) they have to provide it." He went on to say that developers sell houses at whatever price the market will bear, which will continue unless we tell them they can't.
I consider this statement to be incredibly naive. A basic tenet of economics is supply and demand--the fewer there are, the more they cost. If the number of houses built in the county slows while the number of people moving in continues to increase, housing costs will climb. That's an economic fact of life.
We have all been told that all we have to do to eliminate a product is stop buying it, but how often does that really happen?