There’s an interesting article that came out in the Santa Cruz Sentinel the other day:
We here in Santa Cruz County are very accustomed to NIMBY-ism (Not In My Back Yard) when it comes to things like big-box retailers and high-density housing projects. It was very interesting to read, though, about how there is local opposition to improving a county park (Floral Park) in Pleasure Point.
To me, it’s one thing to fight against putting a Home Depot in the Lower West Side of the city of Santa Cruz. That, I can understand, because traffic down there really is very congested. I’m less certain about the fight against higher-densitty housing: in a society built on never-ending growth, higher density housing is the only logical way forward for Santa Cruz County. We don’t truly have the luxury of burying our heads in the sand and saying “Nope, not gonna do it” – we’ve already tried that, and look where it has gotten us (checked the price of housing in Santa Cruz lately? You see my point).
I am very certain, though, that quality open space is one thing that makes Santa Cruz the great place that it is. To me, it is ludicrous to fight against improving Open Space based on the grounds that more people might actually take advantage of it. I cannot see under what circumstances use of the space would skyrocket to the point where it truly becomes a neighborhood nuisance. What do you think?
The improvements in Floral Park are to be paid for by the County of Santa Cruz Redevelopment agency. They have a lot of improvements for the 2007-2008 fiscal year – looks like some good stuff is coming our way.
- Stop the Madness! Just say NO on AB 1482 September 9, 2019
- 2019 Mid-Year Real Estate Update for Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey July 11, 2019
- Silicon Valley Real Estate Prices Drop Sharply in Q1 2019 April 17, 2019
- Senator Scott Wiener Talks SB50 April 10, 2019
- Selling a Home in 2019 vs. 2020 January 27, 2019
Top Posts & Pages
- The Anchoring Effect and Asking Price in Real Estate
- 2019 Mid-Year Real Estate Update for Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey
- The Endowment Effect in Real Estate
- Property Tax Rates for Santa Cruz Real Estate
- Just Cause Evictions in Santa Cruz
- The 7-10 Year Real Estate Cycle
- Selling a Home in 2019 vs. 2020
- California 2019 Real Estate Forecast
- The Santa Cruz Housing Crisis