Local government smart-growth plans have made it next to impossible for developers to build single-family homes near job centers such as the Bay Area or Los Angeles. As a result, real estate prices along California's coast are among the highest in the nation, forcing many middle-class families to downsize or move elsewhere.
California's once-famous highway system is also failing to serve the state's population. According to the Federal Highway Administration, only 28 percent of the state's highways were rated in good condition in 2010. Another 48 percent of the state's highways were rated acceptable, while 24 percent were rated poor.
The highways are only expected to get worse. California's Legislative Analyst's Office estimates that $6 billion a year is needed to replace the degraded portions of the state's highways. But Gov. Jerry Brown has only budgeted $1.5 billion annually for this purpose.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Part 5 of 5 : California in Crisis: Green state chokes off its middle class