Palo Alto Weekly

Spectrum - May 16, 2014

Streetwise

What, if anything, should the city of Palo Alto do to improve the availability of affordable housing?

Asked off University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto. Question and interviews by Lena Pressesky.

Anthony Fabbricino

Morse Avenue, Sunnyvale

Software marketer

"Allow more development of apartments ... two- or three-story types of housing ... or rent control ... encourage more rental properties and such."

Marcian Diamond

Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto

Computer engineer

"I don't think it's that complicated. Just build more affordable housing. ... Abolish rent. ... Free the peons from the feudal lords!"

David Lieberman

Kingsley Avenue, Palo Alto

Retired

"There's not a lot they can do. There are lots of people who want to live here. ... If you build more housing, the price will not come down."

Nathan Hanley

Wayside Road, Portola Valley

Spa manager

"Whatever they possibly could. That's something that would be beneficial to a lot of people in this area."

Erwin Hosono

Harker Avenue, Palo Alto

Nonprofit board president

"You can't interfere with the free market too much. ... How do you decide who gets and who doesn't? ... It's an issue that will inevitably be fraught with problems."

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