California Governor Gavin Newsom’s first move after he beat the recall effort in California was to sign legislation allowing lots to be subdivided which would effectively eliminate suburbs.
The legislation was obviously frowned upon by suburban voters. As The New York Times reported, lawmakers were worried about “angering suburban voters, whose preferences for single-family home living have been regarded as politically sacrosanct.”
SB 9 “was furiously opposed by homeowners and local government groups who said it ‘crushes single-family zoning’ and would be ‘the beginning of the end of homeownership in California,'” the Times said.
In a statement, Newsom’s office announced that President Joe Biden supported their decision to allow the subdivision of land which begs the question: Will Biden try to abolish suburbs throughout America?
“The Governor today signed California State Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins’ SB 9, the California Housing Opportunity and More Efficiency (HOME) Act, which the White House this month commended to increase housing supply,” the governor’s office said in a statement.
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Biden’s campaign housing plan says he wants to make a bill with the same name and similar effect, Sen. Cory Booker’s HOME Act, national law. That bill would withhold federal transportation dollars from any town or county that requires minimum lot sizes or doesn’t permit apartments to be build amidst single-family homes.
Every town in America would then start looking more like cities, full of condos and apartments rather than spacious single-family homes — even as the stated reasons for the move are falling apart.
Newsom said in a statement that the bill “will help address the interrelated problems of climate change and housing affordability by promoting denser housing closer to major employment hubs – a critical element in limiting California’s greenhouse gas emissions.”
But the coronavirus pandemic has led to many white-collar employees working from home, negatively impacting the environmental argument that dense housing reduces commuting.
The reason single-family house neighborhoods exist in the first place is because most Americans, including those who are white, black, and Hispanic, want to live that way.
According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, “six-in-ten U.S. adults say they would prefer to live in a community with larger homes with greater distances to retail stores and schools (up 7 percentage points since 2019), while 39% say they prefer a community with smaller houses that are closer together with schools, stores and restaurants within walking distance (down 8 points since 2019).”
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