My first Voice of San Diego column, in which I made the case that there is no housing shortage in San Diego, drew some vaguely (and, in some cases, not so vaguely) hostile letters. This wasn’t too surprising in itself; what surprised me was that the letters all missed the point of the article. Each one berated me for failing to mention that there is a shortage of affordable housing in San Diego. Which is funny, because it sure seems to me like I have an entire website dedicated to discussing the unaffordability of Southern California homes.
This week’s Voice column, entitled Housing Is Unaffordable—For Now, discusses two issues. Part I explains that the point of the earlier Voice article was not at all to deny that there is an affordability problem, but to show that the standard rationalization for sky-high housing prices (too many people, not enough houses) is not valid. Part II discusses the fact that there certainly is a problem with housing affordability, but that due to economic realities this problem will eventually fix itself.