Sunday, May 07, 2006

The Least Affordable Place to Live? Try Salinas

That was the headline in today’s NYT. Who knew?
In 2005, the least-affordable place in the country to live, measured by the percentage of income devoted to mortgage payments, was Salinas, Calif.
The article points out that the 11 least-affordable metropolitan areas in the country are all in California, topped by Salinas of all places. There are many causes, but one appears to be the impact of Proposition 13 on municipal zoning, discouraging housing development that would keep up with the growing population.

A different kind of local zoning situation apparently was behind the dire straits of music in Salinas suggested by the photo I took two years ago during a brief visit to John Steinbeck’s hometown.

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