Pulse of Concord – A look at opinions on the market rate versus affordable housing –


The results of the investigation of just under 200 were gathered mainly before the COVID-19 pandemic hit hard. I wonder if these views have changed drastically since then.

1. Affordable housing.

Some people believe that building new market-priced housing in Concord will lead to more affordable housing. How many new $ 2,500- $ 3,000 apartments have to be built before an existing $ 1,900 apartment is reduced in rent?

  • 6 percent, most likely over 4,000.
  • 5, probably with 3000.
  • 27, I don’t know.
  • 25, unlikely.
  • 35, highly unlikely and, in fact, will cause the $ 1900 to rise to match the market.

There were also 35 comments that ranged from “Supply and demand are magic” to “This is specialist knowledge of an economist, how could a layman answer that?” As well as “affordable housing, or 50% below average rents, should be built by us the people.” “

Based on the above, the simple answer is that people don’t seem to think that getting more homes at market rates will push places down below market rates. So supply and demand can be “magic”, but people think that won’t lower what can be low rates.

2. Concord needs new apartments to rent at $ 3,000 per month.

  • 4 percent, strongly agree.
  • 11, okay.
  • 24, neither agree nor disagree.
  • 20, disagree.
  • 16, strongly disagree.
  • 13, no matter what Concord needs, I am totally opposed to having more apartments for $ 3,000 a month.
  • 12, don’t care what other people think Concord needs, I’m totally against more apartments of any kind.

This question came from a reader and ties in with the first question. The price of $ 3,000 per month reflects Avalon’s recent failed bid to build a 313-unit apartment complex on the “White Fence” property in downtown. The responses show hostility to the concept, some of which is simply anti-apartment.

3. Union wages in construction should be demanded when government money or land is used.

  • 26 percent, strongly agree.
  • 26, okay.
  • 14, neither agree nor disagree.
  • 18, disagree.
  • 15, strongly disagree.
  • 1, don’t worry.

With more than 52% agree and 33% disagree, one could say that there is a sampling bias. However, the demographics that we have done on sampling over the years reflect quite close to the demographics of the city.

4. Chick-fil-A should be prevented from opening a restaurant in Concord.

  • 21% strongly agree.
  • 7, okay.
  • 12, neither agree nor disagree.
  • 15, disagree.
  • 37, strongly disagree.
  • 8, do not worry.

There are a few burning issues in the LBGTQ community, and this is definitely one of them.

With 52% versus 28% leaving them alone, it would appear that there has not been a major acceptance of the extreme hostility felt towards this company due to donations from its owners and companies to non-profit organizations. anti-LBGTQ profit.

Edi Birsan is a member of the Concord City Council. Write to him at EdiBirsan@gmail.com or visit his Facebook page, Pulse of Concord.

The statements, questions, information and opinions contained herein are those of Edi E. Birsan personally and do not purport to reflect the policies or opinions of the Town of Concord, including, without limitation, the City Council of Concord, City of Concord staff or any other person. , institutions or organizations associated with the city of Concord. No funds or resources from the City of Concord were used, and I did not wear a mask when typing this report.


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