[permaculture] Planning Department encourages infill, offers tiny-house p...

Robert Waldrop bwaldrop at cox.net
Wed Jul 1 10:21:15 EDT 2009

I am not Larry. . . but . . . birth control is a 
long term issue, it does nothing for the present 
situation. The additional affordable housing is 
needed by people who already exist, many of whom 
work full time jobs in urban areas but can't 
afford housing.

Most of these suburban areas have large lots that 
have plenty of room for a small house or garage 
apartment and room to garden, both annuals and 
perennials.  My lot has 1/7th of an acre and has 
two houses on it plus a driveway and sidewalks and 
even so I manage so much green that someone who 
came to visit me yesterday drove by the house 
because they couldn't see the house for the 
foliage.  I had told them "we are on the corner 
with a forest instead of a yard" but the full 
import of that didn't apparently sink in.

So yes, our cities need more dense utilization of 
their existing spaces.  If more single family 
homes either became duplexes or added 
garage/back-yard houses/apartments, there would be 
less demand for giant apartment complexes and 
there would be more social justice.

Robert Waldrop, Oklahoma City

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Marimike6 at cs.com>
To: <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 8:55 AM
Subject: Re: [permaculture] Planning Department 
encourages infill,offers tiny-house p...

> Larry, are we now recommending that people dig 
> up their back yards and
> plant more houses? Or was your article meant to 
> be tongue in cheek?
> In the Raleigh area we're having a lot of people 
> recommending more "infill"
> now. Every pocket park and bit of greenery is 
> being eyed as a venue for
> more housing units. Quality of life is going 
> down month by month as we switch
> over from trees to concrete.
> I agree there's a problem at the edges. Farms 
> are being gobbled up
> wholesale for conversion to instant 
> super-developments, centered around a lake,
> clubhouse and shopping center. Thousand of 
> units, all made of ticky tacky, and
> new families to fill them.
> What we really need is more birth control. The 
> thought that the residents
> of San Luis Obispo should do their patriotic 
> duty and build an extra story
> onto their house, or apartments in their back 
> yards, so they can help house
> all the new people being churned out, is kind of 
> scary.
> Mike Elvin
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