Not an ‘either-or’

In a new post today, Stockton City Limits addresses the “infill paradox” that I brought up last week. That is, the concept that people love the idea of denser, infill development, but what they really want is to live in a big house.

You can have both, SCL says. Single-family homes can be a part of infill development plans in walkable neighborhoods. And anyway, there are already plenty of existing single-family homes available before we’d have to worry about building new ones.

While those preferring to live in attached housing are still the minority (about 35 percent according to SCL), that number is growing, and is higher than the actual amount of available housing.

SCL’s bottom-line: “Yes, there is a significant portion of the population that would take advantage of well-designed attached housing in desirable, walkable neighborhoods. And just because more people want single-family housing, we shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that the only way to meet this demand is to rely exclusively on greenfield, car-dependent development.”

Read the blog post.

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