2. Sub-community Plans, Area Plans and Neighborhood Plans have all been proposed as approaches to giving citizens some certainty about the future of their neighborhoods and the quality and extent of our community’s built environment. Do you favor this approach to city planning? Why or why not?
As a college town in which the college houses under 25% of its students, it is not especially surprising that much of the City housing stock would be rental. One of the clear impacts of this high concentration is that housing prices are driven up due to the potential for an investor to own a single-family home and use it as a rental to cover the mortgage, which is easy to do because of the high rental demand. There is also an economic incentive to rent to more renters than allowed by the City occupancy codes, which can have negative impacts on neighbors.