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Perplexed by the Housing Crunch

June 01, 2003

Brilliant bit of editorial juxtaposition with two housing stories in the April 27 issue ("The Battle of Ft. Ord," by Dan Baum, and "Keeping Up With the Jonesing," by Bill Sharpsteen). What better proof of America's flawed societal values taking the "bigger is better" madness to a new level? The zenith of this silliness is the $2.5-million McMansion, with its 25-foot-high ceilings, jammed onto a proportionately minuscule lot. Meanwhile, as another much larger segment of the populace is finding it nearly impossible to procure affordable housing for their families, hundreds of livable units at Ft. Ord are rotting while greedy interests argue over what to do with them.

Darren Young

North Hills

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