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Erik Gibbs, Dana Point
As many readers are well aware, there is a lot of development taking place in and around Orange County.
In Laguna Niguel right off of the I-5 freeway, I see a new, very large six-story residential housing unit already built and what looks like grading for another one right next door. In Huntington Beach, there are too many new multi-story buildings that I won’t even try to list them all. Irvine is turning into a goldmine for developers while more and more beautiful wildlife and land is being destroyed in Rancho Mission Viejo so that 2,537 new homes and a 10-acre retail plaza can be built, woo-hoo!
Oh, and did I also forget to mention that all of this new housing and development is occurring while California is still in a state of drought? I guess it is OK to neglect the added load on the current infrastructure and increased traffic as long as the developers and their supporters are making out like bandits.
Do we really want to live in a place as densely populated as New York City? When will all of this development stop? With the added development, what will traffic be like in five to 10 years especially in the summertime? Who are these developers, and when they are done creating this mess and they get their millions, do they have to live here?
Time and time again, I hear people say that we need to build more in order to increase the revenue for the city. This rationale for increased development is so flawed. For example, if a city develops an existing open area and adds new residential housing, commercial and retail space, then yes the city will bring in more revenue, but the city also has added expenses. What about the increased garbage, water usage, electrical demand, policing, traffic, pollution and reduction in the quality of life? So in the end, what have we really gained? More people, maybe a few more stores to shop at, more traffic and pollution due to more cars?
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