Talk of the Bay, with Chris Krohn, Tuesday, December 21st
Is all housing equal and if you build it they will come? Or is it only affordable housing that should be this city’s top priority? How to get affordable housing built is often a surprising conundrum. It involves making deals with for-profit housing developers who are always looking to cut corners while in search of greater profits. The 831 Water Street project, which was approved by the Santa Cruz City council last week by a narrow 4-3 vote, may fall into that difficult housing question category. The Novin Development Corporation is promising half the project’s 145 apartments as “affordable” to those making less than $67,000 a year.
This week on Talk of the Bay with your host Chris Krohn, the discussion turns to housing and whether Santa Cruz should open the flood gates and allow developers to build everything they want because new state laws are tying the hands of local governments to control local development. Some would argue the floodgates are open now. Come and join the conversation with local housing activists arguing where, how, and what should be built during the great Santa Cruz affordable housing crisis, this Tues. Dec. 21 at 5pm.
Ronnie D. Lipschutz is Emeritus Professor of Politics at University of California, Santa Cruz, where he taught from 1990 to 2020, and Co-director of the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation in Santa Cruz (https://sustainablesystemsfoundation.org/). He received his Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC-Berkeley in 1987 and an SM in Physics from MIT in 1978. He teaches and writes about energy, resources and social sustainability, foreign policy, global politics and sociology, politics and popular culture, and surveillance society. He is the author/co-author and editor/co-editor of numerous books and articles. His most recent book, with Dr. Doreen Stabinsky, is Environmental Politics for Changing World—Power, Perspectives and Practices (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).