Poll finds views on growth conflict. People have not bought into the
"smart" growth ideas being promoted by planners. Californians aspire to live
in the suburbs.
The overwhelming majority of those surveyed --
86% -- said a single-family home would be their housing style of choice,
especially those currently living in an apartment.
Two-thirds said they would prefer to live in a low-density neighborhood
where they would have to drive to schools, jobs and stores.
Only 31% said they would choose a high-density
neighborhood convenient to public transit.
Californians are not happy with traffic congestion, but
aren't willing to abandon their ideal: a roomy house in a suburban
neighborhood where they have to drive almost everywhere.
An annual poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California
concluded that state residents are deeply ambivalent about how to handle the
massive growth expected in California during coming decades.
They expressed a high level of concern about traffic, air pollution and other
issues, but also were largely satisfied with their lives.
Of the 2,010 people surveyed statewide, 82% said they
were either very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their commute???
"The results really point to the challenges that state and local officials
have with trying to change land-use patterns in the state," said survey
director Mark Baldassare.
People have not bought into the
"smart growth" ideas being promoted by planners as the antidote to
suburban sprawl, Baldassare said.
The basic idea behind smart growth is to build a mix of houses, apartments and
businesses within walking distance of each other on vacant land in existing
neighborhoods, rather than continuing to erect so many car-dependent
residential subdivisions on farm fields.
"The case has not yet been made convincingly by the smart-growth advocates
that higher-density communities can be attractive, desirable places to live,"
People dream of owning a roomy house with a big yard.
81% said traffic was at least somewhat of a problem in
Growth and development was listed as a problem by 63% of
those surveyed, and air pollution was listed by 60%.
They were generally pleased with their surroundings, however.
89% said they were either very or somewhat satisfied
with the neighborhood in which they live.
Safety was the primary criterion used to choose a
neighborhood, followed by living space.
Affordable housing in sunny California must
ONLY be detached (mobile or manufactured) on reasonably sized lots. Apartment
dwellers will never settle for apartment dwelling.