Living at a middle point a short distance from the transit stops and shopping centers a senior goes to and from in the Allied Gardens neighborhood guarantees the steps taken during walks will not fall short of the destination, and round about detours do not make daily life impractical to live. The trips taken to the Albertsons store and Kaiser healthcare are short from the block one block west of Waring Road on Zion Avenue the city council said this week a developer can fill with a two story 58 home senior living complex.
Permission was given to a developer with a building permit approval just to give low income seniors an affordable opportunity to live in one of the villages in the City of Villages. There is no magic formula for building density that would both force developers to scuttle projects that are too big and give all low income locals guaranteed housing.
A no vote by thee Navajo community planning committee that followed the Town Hall held at the Allied Gardens community council in February last year did not deter the city's planning commission from guaranteeing developers go ahead with the plan to give local seniors more options than high priced rentals in a single family home neighborhood.
Housing opportunities are owed to all San Diegans who plan to live in a mainstream walking community on a simple budget. An affordable housing crisis must get avoided. The City of Village building enterprise still has produced a small count of low income housing that gives seniors an opportunity to live an active daily life without troubles traveling the crossroads.
The poor in income can not get segregated into neighborhoods places to fulfill daily needs, the grocery stores and parks, are hard to find. A guarantee they can find a place to live within their means is not asking for too much.
Work enterprise done building affordable homes at City of Village locations changes the quid pro quo seniors get for the rental price in their later years of living heathy. Usual walks make vitality last.
Going half way is asking low income seniors to take on an extra burden living a healthy life in their later years. Both directions in Allied Gardens lead to block corners close to a a neighborhood place in a collection made for life in the outdoors. To the east, a recreation center and pool are right on the park walking line.
Nothing is kept out of walking distance, or bus and trolley distance, on the Zion Avenue block near Mission Gorge Road north of I-8 and east of I-15. It is nothing like a distant common living building built east past the I-125. A future living in a village settled in behind the stone veneer on the concrete blocks and wood frames is not a future living at the bottom of the vital life in San Diego.
The Grantville Trolley station makes trips to the shopping malls in the west at Mission Valley and Fashion Valley easy choices to make. Seniors that live in the Village at Zion can walk out the pedestrian friendly front and get on a route 14 bus across the street near the library, or just 200 feet to the west on Zion Avenue at 51st Street. The 14 bus can take them right to the trolley station.
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