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such as police, fire, utilities, and transportation. SVI: Transportation will be better when the population is concentrated in one place. Ash: Exactly. It’s much smarter when you build along transit corridors. By the end of this year, we will have the first BART train going to downtown San Jose, but we are not going to build a bus station for a few single-family detached homes. We’re going to build up and have high density. We will have jobs and higher density homes because that’s what is required of us as policy makers. It’s up to us to help our community feel comfortable with that. I know it’s not an easy process in many of the smaller communities like Cupertino, Los Altos, Sunnyvale

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and Los Gatos. It is the right thing to do. We have to think about future generations, not just about our comfort level today. SVI: The younger generations would like that because then they have the transportation, the shopping available. Many of them don’t want to drive. Ash: Many of them don’t even have cars. They prefer to live in an urban environment. Last year we approved the first project in the history of Silicon Valley. It’s a 10 story tower with zero parking spots allotted. Zero parking. It’s a block or two from the train station. It will be an all bike parking lot. Every unit has hooks for a bicycles. There are spaces for a rideshare to come pick people up. They have some spots for the car sharing spots but that’s what the younger generation wants. Some of them are going

to want more traditional home and that’s fine. We have enough single family detached homes in Silicon Valley to last a couple of generations. We don’t need to build more of it. We have plenty of options and there’s a housing life cycle to someone’s life. You’re younger you live in a condo downtown, maybe you get married and have kids. You want to go live out in Evergreen or South San Jose or in Cupertino, then your children get a little bit older. There are many young professionals and many empty nesters that live along highway 880, for example. We have to start thinking about how to create these environments that reduce our dependence on vehicles, get us out of our cars, and build housing that fits that lifestyle.

Silicon Valley Impressions Magazine summer2017  

SVI summer 2017 edition. Affordable housing issue, include interviews with Ash Kalra and Dave Cortese about Silicon Valley affordable housin...

Silicon Valley Impressions Magazine summer2017  

SVI summer 2017 edition. Affordable housing issue, include interviews with Ash Kalra and Dave Cortese about Silicon Valley affordable housin...