Pacifica is blessed and cursed by being squeezed between a rising, eroding sea and steep, forested hills. Usable land is scarce. With the great goal of increasing the housing stock in mind, we would suggest the city consider encouraging redevelopment of existing business and retail properties in climate resilient areas with greater density and with mixed uses. Housing on top of stores and offices.

Retail, thanks to our frenemies at Amazon (we indulge too), has become a crippled sector of real estate. It’s all but disappeared and taken local sales and business taxes along with it. The service business and office sectors are way down as well, although it remains to be seen whether they will bounce back after COVID-19.

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