Searching for Solutions to SoCal’s Housing Crisis, YIMBYs Say ‘Yes’ to Development



By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views

In the 1990’s and early part of this century, the NIMBY’s ran housing policy—now we have a shortage of housing, a shortage of affordable housing and governments in California are looking at massive projects, high density—and creating total gridlock.  The pendulum has swung and now the YIMBY’s are trying to set policy.

““It helps me, because those who can afford luxury units stop competing with me on apartments,” Gaisford said. “The housing market is like a game of musical chairs, but like a sinister one where if you have more money you can always take my chair.”

This pro-development stance clashes with other housing activists who want to focus on building below-market rate housing, and also with — not surprisingly — the “Not in My Backyard” contingent, a mix of homeowners fearing more crowding and traffic and tenants worried about gentrification.

The wide gulf between those who support construction above all else and those that oppose development at every turn shows why solving the housing crisis is so intractable.”

Here is a better idea—let the free market determine the needs and answers—government is the problem—pro or con—want lower prices—get government policies out of the way.  Otherwise, start calling yourself a Texan—if you have to ask the price of an apartment or home, you probably can’t afford it in California.

Related article: Searching for Solutions to SoCal’s Housing Crisis, YIMBYs Say ‘Yes’ to Development


Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant.

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William Hicks

I’ll just stick with Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park on this issue. There is this overwhelming desire here for “Open Space.” So much so, that NO City Council Member dare suggest that more than 30% of Thousand Oaks is too generous a percentage of open space.

“We must have room for our Mountain Lions” is the common montra if you read the local news sources letters to the editor. All this while acknowledging that Los Angeles has Mountain Lions from Griffith Park through their section of the Santa Monica Mountains without such a generous appropriation of open space.
Does anyone else see a conflict with facts here?

I moved here in the 1970’s, not for open space but because I could afford a house here where I couldn’t in The San Fernando Valley.

William Hicks

We may have room for Mountain Lions, but not for our children to buy a home remotely similar to the ones we own in the Conejo Valley, much of it due to too generous of an open space policy.