In­dus­trial parks in south SJ could ease hous­ing cri­sis

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Re: “Frus­tra­tion spikes in Bay Area house hunt­ing” ( Page B1, June 6):

The two im­por­tant fac­tors in house-hunt­ing home pric­ing are the dis­tance be­tween home and work lo­ca­tions and the avail­abil­ity of de­cent roads be­tween them.

Most af­ford­able homes are lo­cated in south San Jose, Mor­gan Hill and Gil­roy, while most jobs are lo­cated in Moun­tain View, Palo Alto and Fre­mont, with two un­der­sized high­ways (85 and 101) con­nect­ing them. But so far this is­sue has been ig­nored by county gov­ern­ment.

The Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion has done noth­ing re­cently to solve this prob­lem. We need to ad­dress it by cre­at­ing com­pet­i­tive in­dus­trial parks in south San Jose and even pro­vide an in­cen­tive for com­pa­nies to move there from the north side, which will re­duce the huge in­tol­er­a­ble morn­ing traf­fic vol­ume on north­bound high­ways and af­ter­noon traf­fic on south­bound high­ways. — Arieh Strod, Cu­per­tino

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