High-density housing is only a partial solution to our problems due to the high cost of land, tall structures in earthquake country and support infrastructure (“More affordable homes on Caltrain line” letter to the editor by Kiyomi Honda Yamamoto in the Feb. 5 edition of the Daily Journal).

People still prefer single-family and low-density housing, particularly for families. This can be facilitated with new high-speed mass transit (HSMT) that could whisk people in minutes to areas with affordable land for housing. It would also enable businesses to locate satellite offices in areas only minutes from their headquarters.

California will either have to build HSMT or lose millennials and companies to areas like Austin, Texas, where high tech jobs and affordable single-family housing are available.

Ed Kahl


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There are life cycles from birth to grave and the preference for R1’s is not typically during the first half

Today’s young can hardly afford R1’s, except for a few lucky ones. Most must live in rentals, as we have gone back to become a renters society

You touch on my Root Cause #3, which is that public transit isn’t good enough. So those affordable bedrooms are not serviced well via public transit. So they drive from their bedroom community’s over on the East side of the Bay to their jobs, over here on the West side of the bay

A dream of mine is to convert the Caltrain ROW into a pedestrian/bicycle green belt from SF to SJ. Have the commuter/freight/HSR underneath in tunnels. The existing stations would service the trains down there, have multi-story parking structures underneath the parking lots, which can become parks or apartment buildings

All TOD and designated high density bedrooms

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