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Fox News: Housing Crisis on Google's Doorstep

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By    |   Friday, 24 May 2019 01:25 PM EDT

A housing crisis in the affluent town of Mountain View, California has caused the city to ban recreational vehicles from parking overnight on city streets, as rising rent and homelessness has led hundreds to live in RVs, Fox News reports.

The city, which is home to Google, its parent company, Alphabet, will begin enforcing the ban passed by the city council last year sometime in the coming months.

“The concentration of recreational vehicles has been a particularly visible sign” of exorbitant rents, a spokesperson for the city said at a meeting in March. Bloomberg reports, using data from Trulia, that the median rent in Mountain View is $4,151 per month, almost double the amount in 2010, and nearly three times the national average.

“I do not want to live in a town where the only people that can afford to be here are very, very rich techies and very, very old retirees like myself,” a resident said during a public comment session at the March meeting.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, both urged city officials to abandon their plans to ban RVs and other large vehicles from street parking, arguing that Mountain View is trying to force impoverished people out of the city.

“These tactics of trying to push people out of the city through discriminatory practices aren't acceptable anywhere,” Michael Trujillo, staff attorney with the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, told the Mountain View Voice.


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A housing crisis in the affluent town of Mountain View, California has caused the city to ban recreational vehicles from parking overnight on city streets, as rising rent and homelessness has led hundreds to live in RVs, Fox News reports.
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