Category: Elderly

May the (work) force be with you: Part 3, Fearful bigots oppose extraordinary gift

12 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, California, Development, Elderly, George Lucas, Housing, NIMBY, Workforce housing, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As established in yesterday’s Part 2, George Lucas’s ‘neighbors’ (term used in its geographical sense, not in any sense of sociability) had thwarted his original plans to develop a sophisticated and jobs-creating film studio on his property, and then exhausted his […]

May the (work) force be with you: Part 2, Facing death by delay

11 May, 2015 (15:05) | Affordable Housing, California, Development, Elderly, George Lucas, Housing, NIMBY, Workforce housing, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In yesterday’s Part 1, property owner George Lucas, like his contemporary Steve Jobs, had discovered that in California, no matter what a rich owner wants to do with his property, the neighbors will come out in force to oppose it: Don’t bring your affordable housing here […]

May the (work) force be with you: Part 1, Resurrected a defunct homeowners’ association

8 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, California, Development, Elderly, George Lucas, Housing, NIMBY, Workforce housing, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Three years ago, when George Lucas first proposed building affordable housing on the property he’d owned for a third of a century and been thwarted for a fifth of a century in developing into a studio campus, most people though he was simply being vengeful, though my own post, Revenge of […]

NORCs like us: Part 6, Reclaiming trailer trash

5 July, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, California, Communities, Demographics, Elderly, Homeownership, Housing, Innovations, Mobile homes, NORCs, Pismo Beach, Rental, Tenure, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.]   By:David A. Smith   If mobile homes can and should be a major contributor to addressing the aging of America by providing affordable service-enrichable housing, as implied by Lisa Margonelli’s Pacific Standard Magazine article about the Pismo Dunes mobile […]

NORCs like us: Part 5, Neither renters nor homeowners

3 July, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, California, Communities, Demographics, Elderly, Homeownership, Housing, Innovations, Mobile homes, NORCs, Pismo Beach, Rental, Tenure, US News |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By:David A. Smith   By now our examination of Lisa Margonelli’s Pacific Standard Magazine article about Pismo Dunes has shown that elderly-oriented mobile home parks could be a key to improved service-enriched elderly living, possibly a major contributor to restraining the […]