The new, seemingly bipartisan consensus is to largely admit defeat in neighborhood-level density fights and instead, just pass citywide policies that make it easier to build within the existing density.
Maybe San Diego had the wrong idea to build more housing.
For years, debates over building enough homes to accommodate a growing population have come down to a single bad word for people who like their neighborhoods as they are: density.
A new strategy – or, if you’d rather, a capitulation – is emerging.
Instead of increasing density one community at a time, some in the city are now just trying to make it easier to build new housing everywhere at once.
San Diego has a long-term growth plan, and a heralded blueprint to slash the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. Both require the city to buck its suburban development pattern and build many more homes in dense urban neighborhoods.