No need for HOA in the future’s driverless suburban utopia

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s some news that’s not really news. The vast majority of Americans prefer living in the suburbs rather than urban centers in crowded, expensive cities. Shocker! Here at IAC, several previous posts have pointed out that Census data and home builder surveys indicate that most Americans choose suburban living over vibrant, gentrified downtowns. The truth is, most of us are priced out of living in the heart of Los Angeles, Continue ReadingNo need for HOA in the future’s driverless suburban utopia

Developers push for density in new California housing development

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Developers and local housing planners often choose to promote a proposed planned community, by contacting local media. The result is news/press release articles like the following example describing a proposed housing project for southern California, outside of Old Town Temecula. Should proposed Altair housing project near Old Town Temecula get the green light? SHANE NEWELL | snewell@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise December 9, 2017 at 9:00 am Nearly 300 acres Continue ReadingDevelopers push for density in new California housing development

Urban development: what is the appropriate limit on density?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Several readers have contacted me over the past several months, sharing concerns about overdevelopment of multifamily housing, mixed used urban development, and recently approved master planned communities. One reader from Virginia laments that vintage single family and row homes are being demolished to make room for much taller condominium and apartment buildings. Readers in Arizona and California tell me that their adjacent former golf courses, open spaces, and green Continue ReadingUrban development: what is the appropriate limit on density?