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There's nothing affordable about SLO's new evelopment

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Recently, SLO City Councilmember Carlyn Christianson claimed that we needed to ditch the "just say no" attitude in order to solve the housing shortage (The Tribune, "If we want to end SLO's housing shortage, it's time to ditch the 'just say no' attitude," April 19).

If you believe that building anything anywhere is the path we should take, then follow her, because I have never seen this woman vote against any development project, no matter how dreadful. As an example, come and see 22 Chorro St., and be horrified like everyone else by this monstrosity dwarfing everything around it, spilling over the sidewalk, and hiding our mountain views. Christianson voted for it, as she voted for the other gargantuan buildings now being built in our city: on Garden Street, Marsh Street, Palm Street, and more to come.

None of these are affordable to the average family. As for 22 Chorro, it's a student housing complex with two bedroom apartments renting for around $1,300 per person per month, and four tiny studios perched at the top that our local politicians have the gall to call "affordable housing." We are watching our city being ruined under the pretext of affordable housing, and we are not even getting anything affordable.

Odile Ayral

San Luis Obispo

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