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Old 03-10-2011, 01:17 PM
 
Location: the illegal immigrant state
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New $15 million effort launched to preserve land around Silicon Valley - San Jose Mercury News

Think of all the dream homes that could be built; all the medium and high-density homes that are needed; think of the human need for shelter and happiness.

All the developers want to do is meet the needs of society and those needs will go unmet..
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:33 PM
 
Location: yeah
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Aw man, I hate looking at those stupid, lush mountains....
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:38 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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And thank God. If more sprawl is what people want, Arizona and Nevada are just right for them.
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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Count this tree hugger as happy. I'd be very willing to bet that most of the land target is inappropriate for development anyway.
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Me too.
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:25 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Y'all's willing to give up the dream of thousands of low income houses and multi-family dwellings that could spring up just to save some dirt and overgrown weeds? Where are your senses of compassion and inclusiveness? Why, with enough Section 8 housing you could diversify your neighborhoods while providing much needed, affordable shelter for people suffocating in the slums, ghettos and barrios of the inner cities.

Whatsa matter - y'all ain't liberal enough to help along this obvious nirvana and adopt the concept with open arms? Think of all the potential, like-minded voters you're banning.
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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think of the human need for shelter and happiness.
But it's impossible to be happy in Kalleeefornia. Just axe Phil306 or whatever his name is.
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Back in the Southland
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Those tree-hugging hippies are ruining everything again. I was really looking forward to those new apartment buildings and tan colored single family homes that all look the same.

Most of those hills probably can't be developed anyways because of the steepness and ruggedness. But hey if you got the money, you might as well spend 15m to get a private land protection deed.
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:53 PM
 
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Here's what I have a problem with this. It will reduce the housing supply which in turn will drive up housing prices forcing more people to the ghettos when their money ought buy them a middle class house.
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:55 PM
 
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And thank God. If more sprawl is what people want, Arizona and Nevada are just right for them.
China and India sound even better! All those CS grads looking for work over there!

Thats the bottom line when you break it down. If someone wants to invest 150$ million building some homes or whatever then that creates jobs both short term and long term. If you tell the developer, "sorry, can't build here." Then they take their money elsewhere and invest it somewhere else. When that happens zero jobs are created here. I just used homes as an example, what if its some research center, or commercial space?

If you have, "anti-development" attitude then you'll really need all that open space to pitch your tent because you won't be able to afford shelter, food etc. (because you'll be unemployed).

If you want to see an anti-development country then go to any socialist country. Most are at the bottom in terms of standard of living.

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Here's what I have a problem with this. It will reduce the housing supply which in turn will drive up housing prices forcing more people to the ghettos when their money ought buy them a middle class house.
Your exactly right. California's building codes are so strict that it limits the supply of available units. If supply is limited while demand is rising then price goes up. CA really needs to start building high density apartments (like NYC) if we plan to grow our economy. However, we can't do that because the building codes say, "you can't build high density here."

If you look at places where the building codes are more relaxed then home prices are generally around the cost to build. They would be the same here if we had similar building codes to those other states, just imagine that! Being able to rent an average 1bed/1bath for 400-600/month.

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Those tree-hugging hippies are ruining everything again. I was really looking forward to those new apartment buildings and tan colored single family homes that all look the same.

Most of those hills probably can't be developed anyways because of the steepness and ruggedness. But hey if you got the money, you might as well spend 15m to get a private land protection deed.
Hills can't be developed? Your kidding, right? Of course they can be developed! It just might add alittle more cost to building.


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