Re "Locked Out of a House," Opinion, Sept. 22: Joel Kotkin is guilty of not seeing the forest because of the trees. Mass immigration, especially by Latinos, legal and illegal, generated a housing boom in the last 20 years that has caused many cities and counties to be "built out." Demand continues to press prices higher as available land disappears.
Kotkin also ignores the extended reality of housing needs. Housing is much more than four walls. What about water, roads and other infrastructure support for the community that housing brings, such as schools, hospitals, police, fire and municipal buildings and waste management needs? And how about the continuing urbanization of wildlife habitat? We are plowing under thousands of acres of trees and open space.