Opinion: San Diego’s growth-based economy has a serious downside
Every city spends money and has staff engaged in organized efforts to lure more and more businesses, which bring more and more people.
Re “Is crackdown working? Downtown homeless encampments shrinking, but few opting to go to shelters” (June 14): Our heartless policies are also mindless and futile because homelessness is an inevitable byproduct of an economy that requires constant growth. Every city spends money and has staff engaged in organized efforts to lure more and more businesses, which bring more and more people who replace economically marginal people through gentrification and other means.
But like most of this suicidal society, we are too cheap (“taxed enough already”) to pay for the consequences of the growth we create. And the anti-tax folks have a point because working people are paying too much and the companies and rich “capitalists” are paying too little. Corporations and CEOs are currently making huge profits (in spite of the ups and downs of “the market”) even as inflation is changing the living and driving habits of working people.
We live in a suffering hodgepodge of a society that has always tolerated poverty, and we should stop punishing the poor for our selfish decisions.
Build, but in balance with the environment
Re “Is it necessary for San Diego to preserve ‘community character’?” (June 10): Not all lands need to be built on and not all communities need to have limitless density. Locally and worldwide, humanity needs to reach a “dynamic steady state” of stable population and use of natural resources balanced by regeneration.
The only living systems that grow without limit are cancers and infections, killing their hosts before dying themselves. Healthy living systems are in balance with their environments and resources.
We can have quality of life and equity, if we realize and apply political will.
Re “San Diego approves 37-story Downtown apartment tower, with almost no parking, near Petco Park” (June 10): A 443-unit residential building has been approved by the Planning Commission for an East Village location. The building will have 52 parking spaces, plus six for motorcycles and parking for 212 bicycles. People have a whole 10 days to object to this madness.
In the real world, even if residents take public transportation or walk to work, they still need a car to haul large cartons from Costco, drive to destinations on weekends and take trips. Four hundred parking spaces should be an absolute minimum for this building.
Apparently, even though the government wants all residents to ride bikes, only 212 people can park them. Do the rest of the residents park their bicycles on the sidewalks? In their living rooms? To whom do we voice objections to the most idiotic approval of a building plan that San Diego has ever seen?
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