We received a lot of feedback from last week’s post regarding the lack of affordable housing here in Humboldt County. While some of you told us how groovy you think we are and some of you told us in no uncertain terms that we are wrong and total asshats, we couldn’t resist the urge to revisit some of the input from our faithful and mostly intelligent readers. (Cousin Eddie being the exception.)
Firstly, let’s look at an article from the Mad River Union that we forgot to touch on previously, as pointed out by our friend William. Here’ the article: Housing surge planned near Humboldt State, traffic impacts to get study.
Highlights from the article are this: Arcata, the notoriously “lefty, anti-growth” hot bed in Humboldt is allowing/planing for more new units than the County itself. What an interesting little bit of info, considering that many of our current Supervisors are supposedly just shills for the big developers in the area.
It’s also important to point out that the majority of new housing seems like it will be directed towards HSU students, and not as permanent housing for long-term Humboldt residents. (That’s our take on it, anyway.)
Also of note, and some-what in keeping with the local developer conspiracy theory espoused by John Chiv, is that there are a lot of familiar names attached to the proposed new development. Kramer, Strombeck, DanCo. What do you think, THC-heads – is the lack of affordable housing really due to our Humboldt County Developer Overlords keeping rents high?
And don’t miss that total asshole, and John Chiv’s BFF, former Arcata City Council member Dave Meserve’s lamenting the new development in his neighborhood. Poor little Mr. Meserve wants his precious little neighborhood all to himself – he hates newcomers!
Another interesting report from the LAO, the organization which inspired our first piece on affordable housing in Humboldt, is called: California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences, which can be found at the link above or at http://www.lao.ca.gov/Publications/.
While this report focuses more directly on the reasons for high housing costs in California, rather than solely looking at affordable housing, the information outlined in the report is highly relevant. And, in some cases, may actually lend weight to Mr. Chiv’s and Henchman of Justice’s accusations levied towards Humboldt’s developer Illuminati.
We know – we gave you a lot of reading homework, and we’re sorry. But it’s the weekend, you might still be recovering from your green-beer hangover, and it’s raining. Grab a Mike’s lemonade and set down on your favorite reading chair and learn yourself something.
Once we get all the way through the LAO report we’ll touch base with you again. Happy trails until then, THC-fans.