In a recent housing study, researchers say that California lawmakers need to allow for more homebuilding, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area. In Sonoma County, the need for affordable housing is particularly acute but, some say, residents living in the mostly rural county are uneasy with more people moving to and living in the region.
Construction workers are increasingly being drawn to build new single-family houses, leaving apartment projects across the country struggling to meet completion and budget deadlines, according to housing analysts.
The Four Corners region of the United States – the meeting point of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah – is in a severe drought with no end in sight, leaving farmers, ranchers, water regulators and tourists facing restrictions on usage.
Drought continues to envelope Colorado, but the Arkansas River that flows through the state is producing white water rapids, the result of steady snowfall in the Sawatch Range.
Many economists agree that cities across the country are not building enough affordable homes; according to the National Association of Home Builders, construction companies nationwide will fall short some 400,000 homes as they try to keep up with population growth. In this context, housing advocacy groups are urging lawmakers to ease building restrictions.