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The flyer announcing this open house informs us:
“Come tell us your housing story and what you think Arcata should be doing in response to the housing crisis.”
“Your story matters! If you have a house or want a house in Arcata, you probably have some thoughts on housing.”
The irony here, of course, is that we are not likely to see any new actual single-family houses in the Gateway area. The housing there will be apartments and a small number of non-detached townhouses.
The flyer also tells us that the plan will create affordable housing. It is my view that the Gateway Plan does not go anywhere near far enough in promoting or requiring actual workforce affordable housing where people with jobs and decent incomes will manage to live. See the Affordability and Home Ownership page for more on this.
The time of day of the open house has been met with public criticism. For plenty of working people and anyone with a child or children, 4 to 6 p.m. on a weekday is not a convenient time to come to a meeting, no matter how important it may be.
This “open house” meeting is a far cry from the excellent and informative open house meeting that the City conducted on January 20-21, 2022. That was 20 months ago. Despite being held during the closing era of the Covid pandemic, the two-day meeting was well-attended.
This open house is what is being offered. For now it’s all we get. Please come!
It’s a drop-in meeting, so arrive when you want and stay for a few minutes or for the full two hours. You will learn more about housing in the Gateway Plan, and your involvement will add to our community.
Below is the flyer for this open house event.
The five QR codes will link to:
The actual Gateway Area Code draft plan. July 2023, v.2023_v12a.2
Also available here on Arcata1.com in an easier-to-read format.