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Year in review: Housing crunch, toxic sewer lines among top stories

Original post made on Dec 30, 2013

Perhaps the most significant change in Mountain View over the past 12 months in terms of its impact on the city's social and cultural fabric had to do with staggering rent hikes and the subsequent displacement of residents who don't work for thriving high-tech firms or at other high-paying jobs.

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Posted by Really
a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I think the city approved a little more that 3 apartment developments. Don't even pretend you give a crap about the people being pushed out of Mountain View. 8,000 dollars for a two bedroom apartment? Priceless.

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Posted by whydfml
a resident of another community
on Dec 30, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I like the bit about the city planning to narrow Castro Street between El Camino Real and Miramonte in an effort to improve pedestrian safety in front of Graham Middle School. Really? How long is it going to take before that plan is implemented, months, years? Has anything been done to improve pedestrian safety this school year? How about crossing guards out there in the morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up times? Or, how about putting in those yellow blinking lights in the crosswalks, has that been done? Yeah, I didn't think so.

I wonder how the combination of narrowing Castro Street in conjunction with adding 175 apartment units on the same two block stretch of the street is going to work out for everyone - pedestrians, bike riders and cars alike - who travel that stretch of road? Sounds like a winning combination to me.

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Posted by jeeveevo
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 31, 2013 at 10:37 am

I'm sorry, but is the author under the impression that people who work for tech firms some how *enjoy* paying $2000 for a studio?

No one likes doing that. All segments of society should consider working together to increase supply of housing. We can all win this or we can all pay separately.