Council OKs El Camino initiative
Original post made on Dec 1, 2007
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 30, 2007, 12:00 AM
on Dec 1, 2007 at 5:30 pm
The El Camino Initiative has one obvious, glaring flaw. It endorses the feel-good and the no-nothing mantras of previous MV City Councils, Planning Commissions, and our ideologically blinded environmentalists --- "higher density housing is gool"; and this time along a badly congested, major traffic artery --- the most important non-freeway road for Northern Santa Clara County, and a road with very poor connections to public transit other than a dysfunctional public bus system. What an ignorant joke by ingnorant do-gooders.
Mountain View should instead take two immediate steps. First, it should impose a temporary moratorium on all new housing construction permits. Second, it should change its policy to predicate its issuance of new housing construction permits on the replacement of existing high density rental and trailer park units with lower density condominiums, row houses, and town houses. The dreadful rental ghettos along California, Escuela, and Castro Avenues come immediately to mind, as do those out of sight, but not out of mind, units along Stevens Creek. Get rid of the rental units. People who own their own housing are far more responsible than renters, and Mountain View will become more prosperous as a result.
Enough is enough. It's time to stop the construction madness and to reduce, not increase, the number of residences in Mountain View.
on Dec 1, 2007 at 5:33 pm
Excuse two typos: good, not gool, and concentrate, not predicate. Otherwise, my point remains --- reduce the population density by forcing out the renters and replacing them with more resposiblile and lower density home owners.
on Dec 2, 2007 at 6:51 am
I am absolutely astounded by the comments above and I'm not sure where to start. I didn't realize there were individuals in this wonderful city that feel all rental units should be done away with. I certainly hope this is a rare individual that will consider moving out of the city. Many hard working professionals rent units in this town and I don't know how you can say they are any less responsible than homeowners. Plus many haven't had the financial windfall to be able to purchase a home in Mountain View.