I love living in coastal California. I love having the beach within 10 minutes and Yosemite within 120 minutes. The Bay Area is an incredibly beautiful, magnetic place to live. We are also experiencing an unplanned population explosion that is ruining nearly everything enjoyable. What can we do? Thank All That is Holy and Sparkly that the beach and Yosemite are infinite.
This blog is my exploration of the urban planning that California could adopt to correct her course. This blog is also an advertisement of myself as a Realtor and real estate consultant.
So what can we do? We can upzone our cities. We can build. We can create housing where there is nothing. We can talk intersectionality. We can coalition build. We can see the housing opportunity as one of the fundamental human rights issues facing the Bay Area.
Urban and inner-city development laws must change. We must engineer these beautiful cities to create space for all people, and we must nurture and contain the human potential that exists now. We must build affordable housing. We must acknowledge that more people – different people – are coming to our neighborhoods. Instead of fearing them, let’s seize the opportunity to practice coalition building and intersectionality. Patience for change and new direction is never easy.
We are the new guard.
We make the rules.
Progress is a bitter pill, but we can engineer the sugar.
Coastal California, welcome to the future. Welcome to the Condo Society.