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Marin County's Resistance to Growth is Keeping Housing Prices High

The median home value in Marin County is well over a million dollars, thanks in part to the county and its residents keeping low income housing and development out.
January 9, 2018, 2pm PST | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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Marin County residents have been successful in keeping a number of developments from getting built in their community. "'They say they want to maintain the roots and characteristics of our county,” said Omar Carrera, executive director of the nonprofit Canal Alliance. “But what they really are saying is that they want to maintain it as white and wealthy,'" Liam Dillon reports for the Los Angeles Times.

Recently, several projects were cancelled over complaints that the new housing would negatively impact residents’ quality of life, and destroy open spaces. "In recent years, Marin residents have blocked housing of all kinds. The 400-unit project that county supervisors rejected in December was the third in six years proposed by developers proposed for the site where a former Baptist seminary now sits abandoned," Dillon reports.

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