There are six major development projects in early stages of planning in downtown Santa Cruz. If they’re built, it would mark the biggest boom of housing development in downtown Santa Cruz in decades. Where did this surge come from? We talk to developers, shop owners and city leaders about affordable housing and smart planning. (Interviews include: Jessie Bristow and Jon Lee of Swenson, Santa Cruz Planning Director Lee Butler, Santa Cruz Bookshop owner Casey Coonerty-Protti, Andy’s Auto owner Michael Mekis and Santa Cruz City Councilmember Chris Krohn)
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Kara Meyberg Guzman is the CEO and co-founder of Santa Cruz Local. Prior to Santa Cruz Local, she served as the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s managing editor. She has a biology degree from Stanford University and lives in Santa Cruz.