Driving wealthy away blights area community

Recent Sandpiper columnists castigate mansionization and advocate more building restrictions. If that advocacy enacts the restrictions, property owners and community attractions suffer.

Outlawing contemporary housing speeds wealthy demographics to communities less invidious of affluent homes.

Tougher building codes freeze current housing lacking popular demands for open floor plans, spacious rooms, and home offices.

The current, outdated housing designs attract older and less affluent demographics indifferent to family, entertainment, and work areas.

As Del Mar develops a more working-class orientation, simple habitation becomes the motivator for real estate purchases.

Del Mar housing demand drops, and property values decrease.

Existing residents sustain lower net-worths, narrower retirement options, and smaller home equities.

The diminished equities provide fewer reserves and less insurance for family emergencies such as catastrophic health problems.

Reduced net-worths support fewer city-council sponsored luxuries such as utility under-grounding. Living standards fall.

For existing and newer residents, remodels become less appealing; deferred maintenance and neglect become more common.

The resulting dilapidation blights the community and encourages an even older and less affluent population.

The community deteriorates as an inner city deteriorates with the wealthy fleeing and the poor entering.

Nothing stops the deterioration since the building restrictions discourage the gentrification necessary for revival.

John Haraden, Del Mar

Del Mar