Housing crisis

Supporting San Diego’s Measure C to Address the Housing Crisis

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Measure C asks San Diego voters – once again – to lift the 30-foot building height limit on 1,324 acres in the Midway District, which would pave the way for redevelopment of the arena property 48-acre sporting area of ​​the city. This could provide a major – and desperately needed – increase in housing stock. Mayor Todd Gloria and City Council have already given the green light to the Midway Rising project at the sports arena site, which would add 2,000 units for low-income families, 250 middle-income units and 2,000 units to the price. from the market, as well as a 16,000-seat arena, a 200-room hotel, 4,500 parking spaces and 20 acres of plaza and parkland.

In 2020, 57% of city voters approved removing the interior site from the Coastal Zone, an area in which building heights are strictly limited due to a 1972 ballot measure. This measure was blocked after that the Save Our Access activist group successfully sued and argued that the city had not carried out enough environmental reviews of the impact of allowing taller buildings in the affected area.

The same group is suing to block Measure C on similar grounds, and the case has been assigned to the same judge who ruled in their favor before, so there’s a chance the pending vote is a futile measure that won’t change. nothing. But if the people of San Diegan are serious about reducing the housing crisis that has made California the epicenter of poverty in America, supporting Measure C is a constructive and fundamental step toward that goal. This is a crucial vote.

Critics who insist it’s a first step toward the Miami Beach-ification of the city’s beloved coastline — complete with beachfront towers as far as the eye can see — are peddling paranoia. Voters ruled that out in 1972. But they did with a measure that defined an inland area – the Midway District – as a coastal zone. Fifty years later, this error in judgment should not stall progress in redevelopment of an outdated, central – and limited – part of San Diego while adding housing in a city where the cost of housing continues to rise. The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board recommends a “yes” vote on Measure C.