Balancing jobs, housing


Ward Simpson (“No exceptions in housing shortage,” July 5) and others who complain about trying to get off and back on the Island during rush hour need to start looking at the traffic coming the other way. People who work here but can’t afford to live here struggle to get on the Island in the morning and off in the evening. That’s not the result of too much development — it’s the result of not enough of the right kind of development. 

The problem will only get worse as long as we limit new housing to $1 million-plus, single-family homes for people who have to commute to jobs elsewhere. I hope that candidates for mayor and City Council this fall will start talking about how to achieve a jobs-housing balance: jobs for the people who live here and housing for the people who work here. 


Allan Mann