By Philip Molnar, The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego was among the top three cities in the U.S. with the biggest annual home price increases in September, said a key real estate index released Tuesday.
The region’s home prices have risen 8.2 percent in a year, said the S&P Case-Shiller Indices. Only Seattle and Las Vegas had bigger increases in the 20-city index.
San Diego also made its way into the top three cities in the previous month. Before that, the last time it received that distinction was 2014.
By Roger Showley, The San Diego Union Tribune
Question: Can San Diego build its way out of the housing crisis?
Phil Blair, Manpower
YES: What other choice do we have? We will need to implement our long dormant "City of Villages" program that not only encourages density around transportation hubs but demands it.
Kelly Cunningham, San Diego Institute for Economic Research
YES: We can, but we won’t. The political will to do so does not exist. Building enough housing would require opening development to areas not currently designated for housing, including much of the unincorporated areas of the county. Higher densities would be needed in incorporated areas as well, but there is little will to accept that other than in downtown San Diego. Much more infrastructure would also be necessary from roads to energy to water supplies.
By J. Harry Jones, The San Diego Union Tribune
The popular Park & Ride on state Route 76 just west of Interstate 15 reopened Wednesday — nearly doubling the available parking spaces and marking the end of a huge, multi-decade highway construction project.