June 1, 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2000
Re "An Unaffordable Housing Crunch," May 7: Your editorial, which advocates housing priced so that our service-industry employees can afford to live decently, indicated one result of failing would be the loss of jobs. That, to many, would be the ultimate growth control measure. Don't build the housing and the jobs will go and Orange County won't have this growth problem. It doesn't work that way. The jobs continue to grow regardless. Our weather and transportation systems are such that this area will not reduce jobs because of not producing housing for the working poor.
April 2, 2009 |
Sometimes the truth hurts. Real estate salesman Jim Klinge doesn't care. Cruising through the sunny hills of Carlsbad in a massive silver Mercedes-Benz, he looks like any other pitchman of the California dream. But Klinge, 50, has become a notorious Internet chronicler of the real estate crash in north San Diego County, where he has lived and worked for decades. Rather than downplay the greed and excess that caused the region's travails, he revels in exposing them.
July 1, 2009 |
Reversing a decade-long trend, many of America's largest cities are now growing more quickly than the rest of the nation, another sign of an economic crisis that is making it harder for people to move. Census data released today highlight a city resurgence in coastal regions and areas of the Midwest and Northeast, as the housing crunch, recession and higher gas prices have slowed migration to far-flung suburbs and residential hot spots in the South and West. The 2008 population figures show New York and Chicago made gains from higher births, while Philadelphia stanched population losses.
December 28, 2007 |
Remember the days of homesteaders, when generations lived under one prairie-sod roof? That all-American ethos still exists among many Latinos, whether packing five families into a one-bedroom apartment or children who don't leave the casa until marrying at 35. Call it antiquated, retrograde, how the other half lives -- I say it's the solution to our housing crunch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1987 |
Lance Cpl. Paul Lewis gets $425 from the government for housing, but at Orange County's inflated rental prices he can't afford to live here. Not with a wife and three small children. So Lewis, 22, rents a three-bedroom apartment for $550 a month in Riverside. He rises long before dawn each day and fights the freeway traffic to arrive at his job at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station by 7 a.m. After work, he rushes to a job at a fast-food restaurant in Irvine, where he puts in another six hours.