Affordable housing for carfree people / Santa Barbara workforce housing / Santa Barbara / Goleta carfree attractions.
This is related to an idea I had of creating a land trust where the only people who could reside on land trust land were those who did not use cars. . .
You must work within a narrow downtown area to be eligible for this housing.
From the web site:
One of the Housing Authority’s newest affordable housing complexes is Casa de Las Fuentes
- Located at 922 Castillo Street
- Beautiful new units available exclusively to downtown employees
- Studios and one-bedroom units
- Below market fixed monthly rents range from $481 to $851
- Maximum 2 persons per unit
- Income Limits: 1 person household – maximum $36,250/yr, 2 person household – maximum $62,160/yr
- Highest preference is given to those applicants without cars
Google street view (it is a bit too close to 101):
Other Carfree Santa Barbara links:
As SoCal coastal cities go, Santa Barbara is the among best I've found for carfree living. Extensive areas of open space, extensive bike trails, and most development is sandwiched in an approximately 3-to-5-mile-wide strip between Los Padres National Forest and the coast.
Bike trails: (an extensive network of paths separate from the streets!):
Transit fares are cheaper than in cities further south.
http://www.sbmtd.gov/Fares.htm (If you get the 10-ride pass--$11.50)
http://goletadepot.org/ has a great history of trains in the area, and an information kiosk with selections of movies with trains and trollies in them (some full-length). See Roger Rabbit ("LA has the best PT system in the world--who needs a car in this town?"), Ghandi getting thrown out of a train in South Africa, Incredibles superhero working out with cartoon trains. . .etc. They have the book _Mule Car & Trolley:The Story of the Santa Barbara Street Railway_
http://www.google.com/search?q=mule+car+and+trolley , which has a great history of pre-bus public transit in SB (and there is a corresponding display in the old depot building.
open space nearly everywhere:
http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Parks/parks_openspace_main.html http://www.santabarbara.com/Activities/parks/ http://www.girshpark.org/