In this four-day feature, The Daily Transcript will explore the pros and cons of smart growth throughout the region.
If you think freeway traffic is bad now, just wait. If nothing is done, traffic on Interstate 5 is expected to increase by 60 percent in San Clemente, Calif., by 2025. The gridlock that will exist in South Orange County will be as bad as the 91 freeway is today. This increase will not only impact the circulation systems in San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, it will impact mobility on everyone traveling between Orange and San Diego counties, which will have a direct affect on business and tourism.
San Diego is in the throes of a housing crisis, with demand for housing far outstripping supply and a growing number of San Diegans unable to afford to live in what has become one of the most unaffordable housing markets in the country.