Industry, Retail, Housing Balance

You reported that the Santa Barbara Housing Conference examined the jobs/housing imbalance, but it did not appear to clearly identify the core issue. A community needs a balance of industry, retail, and housing. If the Santa Barbara region had that, we wouldn’t be seeing 20,000 cars per day driving in. The free market hasn’t been able to achieve this balance, so local planning needs to adjust incentives to bring this about. Whether the result is fewer jobs or more housing will affect the nature of the community we live in.

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