Costa Mesa's Upside Down Housing Numbers
In my previous post, responding to Colin McCarthy's Daily Pilot commentary from last weekend, I affirmed his view that the housing situation in Costa Mesa is upside down. We have more rental units than owner-occupied units in our city.
SOME INTERESTING NUMBERS
Questions have been asked in the past about our current situation and how it compares to our contiguous neighbors. Well, courtesy of our friends at Yahoo! Real Estate, here's a chart which shows those numbers.As you can see, Costa Mesa's ratio of rentals to owned units is far and away the most out of whack.
LOTS OF DATA AVAILABLE
You can go to the site yourself, HERE, and tinker with the "location" to get numbers from other cities for which you may have an interest.
MORE SINGLES THAN MARRIEDS
I'm not sure how relevant it is, but Costa Mesa, among those six cities, is the only one with more single residents than married.
STILL LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS
These numbers don't provide any solutions, only emphasize the issue. If McCarthy can come up with a creative - and legal - way for us to flip those numbers so they more closely align with some of our neighbors he deserves kudos. In the meantime, the parts of the graffiti equation that we actually CAN work on - enforcement and intervention - should be a priority for our leaders.