Thursday, September 28, 2006

Hood River Tackles Affordable Housing Problem 

Hood River, Oregon, which calls itself the windsurfing capital of the world, is dealing with the unaffordable housing issue that is caused by Oregon's strict land-use regulation. How is it dealing with it? By passing a bunch of new regulations.

First, the city is allowing homeowners in single-family neighborhoods to build "accessory units," i.e., apartments in or adjacent to their homes. These are very popular with New Urbanists and unpopular with residents as they add density. This will help make housing more affordable as it brings down the value of adjacent homes.

Second, the city tightened the rules for how big a house can be on a lot and to encourage garages in the rear. This means alleys, which increase crime, another sure way to make housing more affordable.

A third new rule would require bed & breakfasts to screen parking in back instead of allowing it in front where it is less vulnerable to crime. As more and more visitors suffer break ins, they will be less likely to want to move to Hood River, thus making it more affordable.

Just another productive day in the planner's paradise called Oregon.

Comments:
A third new rule would require bed & breakfasts to screen parking in back instead of allowing it in front where it is less vulnerable to crime. As more and more visitors suffer break ins, they will be less likely to want to move to Hood River, thus making it more affordable. <<<<

This is nonsense. Some of the most high priced neighborhoods have parking in the rear of the house. Neighborhoods go bad for many reasons but parking in the rear of the house has to be the most simplistic reason I've ever heard.

There's plenty of examples where towns don't want cars parked on the street after dark because of the crime.
 
>>This is nonsense. Some of the most high priced neighborhoods have parking in the rear of the house.<<

Then name one. I have lived all over the U.S. and cannot think of a high priced neighborhood where there is only alley parking.

These assertions never get challenged but there is no truth to them at all.

Don
 
Can someone explain how alleys increase crime? I have lived near, far away from, and adjacent to alleys, the the presence of, absence of, or proximity to alleys has never increased or decreased my propensity to cfommit crime.

What's YOUR solution to the paucity of affordable housing? Let them ear cake?
 
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