I guess it’s time for me to admit that I am a person who lives in a 600 square foot “cube” in a section of neighborhood that has some (gasp) density.
I am a retired educator who has been living in a small one-bedroom apartment in the 1500 block of Laguna Street for the past year. ( I am also a 20-year resident of Santa Barbara, so please don’t dismiss me as an interloper.) In a three-block area close to my complex, there are six other apartment complexes with similar-size “cubes,” along with nicely restored bungalows and larger homes, and as far as I can tell everyone is coexisting quite well.
Even more amazing to those who get the vapors when they contemplate density, I live two blocks from some of the most historic and highly valued homes in this town. I am even brash enough to walk by these houses and admire their landscaping as I walk my five blocks to the rose garden at the Mission. So far, none of the residents in those lovely large houses has thrown rocks at me (though maybe they would like to).
Could we please have a calm and all-embracing discussion about affordable housing for Santa Barbara residents without the hysterics of those who shudder at the thought of living in fewer than 2,000 square feet, or even living close to people who reside in smaller spaces?