Editor,

I wonder what the Housing Leadership Council (HLC) thinks of the complete reversal by professor Patrick Condon, a notable urban designer, planner and author, regarding his disavowal that upzoning neighborhoods and stuffing more units into new housing projects would create more affordable housing. He now confirms that this is a complete fallacy.

Citing his own city as a typical example, Condon stated, “We have incrementally quadrupled the density of Vancouver, but we haven’t seen any decrease in per square foot costs. That evidence is indisputable … . No amount of opening zoning or allowing for development will cause prices to go down. We’ve seen no evidence of that at all. It’s not the NIMBYs that are the problem — it’s the global increase in land value in urban areas that is the problem.”

The truth has a way of shining a light given enough time. The HLC will now have to find a new reason to continue their relentless push for more dense housing in our city and beyond.

Lisa Taner

San Mateo

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(2) comments

Cindy Cornell

So we've allowed the land to become too expensive for people to live on it? Why isn't that being addressed?

Christopher Conway

You are right Lisa, with Covid the desire for stacked housing in long gone. The HLC did not pick a good time to come out for higher density and their argument falls of deaf ears with more and more people working remotely. So sorry.

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