Design for disaster |

Design for disaster

Regarding the Grass Valley work-force housing design proposal:

One single car garage for every three houses. What a joke! There will be two cars normally for each house. Drive through any low-cost housing tract, each house with two-car garages, and check out the cars on the lawns and driveways. Then note the junk piled in the yards and on the sides of the houses – all visible from the street.

What is wrong with condos and townhouses? They could have green belts, commercial yard maintenance, double garages and guest-parking areas, together with CC&Rs to control the neatness and parking. These could be built similar to apartment houses, but with each unit individually owned.

Low cost does not have to mean slums.

M. W. Jim Jacobs

Nevada City

Editor’s note: The housing task force proposed three prototype home designs, one of which included a garage, not that there be one garage for every three homes.

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