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this month's CONTRIBUTORS GRAHAM Graham has written for numerous WOMACK regional and national publications, "Boom on Broadway" including the San Francisco Chronicle, pg. 32 housing crisis? I believe there is. Clearly, overreaching govern- ment regulation that takes us farther from a free market is not the answer. There are many ideas out in the public domain, which include streamlined approval processes, lower devel- opment fees, legislation (such as the recently defeated SB 827, which would have allowed for higher density housing near mass transit) and rent control (also recently defeated). How- ever, let’s consider the following: • Better dialogue between elected officials, builders and government agencies: Perhaps there are some projects that should be approved at the regional level (rather than the lo- cal level), maybe high density at transit corridors is a good thing (even in suburban locations) and suburban develop- ment is not a bad thing (especially with appropriate land planning and community design). What about mixed-use development within existing retail and commercial cen- ters? All of this should be hashed out with the goal to provide housing opportunities to all residents. • Greater public outreach: We have found historically that projects that involve public outreach earlier in the process, even difficult development scenarios, have a greater rate of success and produce much better projects. McKinley Village in East Sacramento and The Cannery in Davis are good ex- amples. • Development incentives: Let’s provide incentives for build- ers to meet the needs of all residents, perhaps in the form of tax rebates, lower fees or a streamlined approval process. If Sacramento can offer Amazon massive incentives, why can’t the region offer builder incentives to provide attainable housing for more people to live within the region? Finally, nothing gets done without a constructive conversation; let’s bring all sides to the table — government agencies, environ- mentalists, homebuilders and anti-growth groups. At the very least we can try to understand where the other side sits and may- be, just maybe, we can build some great communities together. Greg Paquin is founder and president of The Gregory Group; a real es- tate information and consulting firm established in 1999 with locations in Folsom and Aliso Viejo, Calif. Paquin has been through four real estate boom-bust cycles and is considered a leading voice on future trends, home design, real estate economics and demographics and buyer seg- mentation. A native to California, Paquin holds a B.A. in economics from California State University at Long Beach. Sporting News and Sports On Earth. While he specializes in baseball histo- ry, he is a versatile writer, able to cover a variety of topics. “I was inspired to write about the emerging West Broad- way food scene in this month's issue because I grew up in nearby Land Park and remember what the western end of the historic corridor was not long ago,” he says, of his “Taste” story. Graham now lives in Midtown Sacramento with his wife and their pets. JOAN CUSICK Joan is an experienced journalist based “Boom on Broadway” in Sacramento who started her career pg. 32 as a reporter and editor for The Com- mercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis. From the newsroom, she moved into the corporate world, serving as a communications director for Maybel- line, FedEx and Charles Schwab. In 2013, Joan quit her day job to pursue her lifelong passion for photography, and has since freelanced for Com- stock’s, Edible Sacramento and Outword magazines. “I think of the Broadway corridor as a place for locally-owned businesses with their own unique per- sonalities,” Joan says of photographing this month’s “Taste” article. “I’m ex- cited to see the dining scene continue to evolve in the future.” For more, visit www.joancusick.com. STEVEN YODER Steven writes about business, real "Down to the Details" estate and criminal justice. His work pg. 36 appears in Vice, The American Pros- pect, Pacific Standard Magazine, Mic. com and elsewhere. “The issue of im- pact fees gets relatively little airtime in coverage of what’s needed to get more affordable and workforce hous- ing built,” Steven says of his feature in this month’s issue. “What surprised me in researching this story was how much they can tip the decision on whether to go forward on projects." Read more at www.stevenyoder.net. On Twitter @syodertweets. January January 2019 2019 | comstocksmag.com | comstocksmag.com 15