It was stark contrast to many of the commenters on Tuesday, as a recent UCD graduate addressed concerns about lack of housing and affordable housing options. While he was appreciative about keeping the Russell Fields without housing, he lamented the lack of housing opportunities for people of his generation.
Hello my name is Seaver Klug, I got my civil engineering degree here at UC Davis and graduated a couple of years ago. I’ve been involved with the discussions over Russell Field and their place with the LRDP in the last month or so.
I’ve done a lot of research looking into this plan. I think it’s mostly a very good plan. I think it is a good idea to expand the access to UC Davis to many people both throughout our country and throughout the world. But it’s not worth losing the character of Davis and the character of open space and community that’s embodied in those fields. So I really commend Bob (Segar), Matt and Lucas (who’s not here) – these guys for taking the time to have that opinion embedded in.
But beyond that, when I research these issues, it’s troubling. I look into West Village, I look into Nishi, and I look at all these projects that get shot down in Davis. I look and I look, there’s just less chance that I’m going be able – even as an engineer – at 25 or even 30, that I’ll ever be able to afford a home in Davis.
I want to build this place up. How many people here are under 30?
It’s a real thing. Why can’t this get sorted out – I don’t want to bang on the table and get indignant – but I am indignant. People want to build things where they live and where they work and in Davis it’s just being turned into commodified student experience. That’s on the university too, not just you guys.
Since I’ve been here in 2009, I saw my friends get pepper sprayed in the face, in a public quad for sitting on the ground and linking their arms. Because they wanted to have smaller class sizes, less tuition and more bang for their buck and influence over the place that they got to have a chance at education.
I see more and more dejection from all the people in my generation who won’t have the place to put up stakes.
But Davis is a special place. Davis is where the first net-zero energy housing complex in the country was built – and I had the privilege to work there. We have the Village Homes here in Davis decades before anyone else in the world had it.
I think Davis can have the next generation of sustainable and economical housing, but I’m ignorant on this issue, I’m sure there’s a lot more that I can know. But please people of the council, people of Davis and the university – we can work together and overcome this.