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Viewpoint - September 25, 2013

Letter: Planning driven by demographics

Editor:

Plan Bay Area is a wonderful example of regional planning and a cutting-edge showcase of modernity.

Developing high-density housing near public transportation is the wave of the future — it is here to stay. The alternative is urban sprawl and that is last century's mistake.

Demographic facts demand this change. According to the U. S. Census as analyzed by the Bipartisan Policy Institute, household size fell 21 percent between 1960 and 1990. By the 2010 Census, of the 117 million U.S. households, only 23 million, or 20 percent, were made up of adults with children.

Aging baby boomers and young millennials desire smaller living areas near public amenities. The trend toward high-density, transit-oriented development is driven by public demand and developers working to fill it. Government agencies are devising regional planning models to accommodate this inevitable transition.

Residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are now more diverse, requesting a wider variety of housing. Fortunately, Plan Bay Area was adopted on July 18, 2013, so we can better meet the comprehensive needs of today's and tomorrow's citizens.

Kaia Eakin Redwood City

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