The building of affordable housing is indeed an admirable goal and one that politicians embrace for public consumption and definitely before an election, but the shortage of such housing begs one very important question for government officials.
How did it become a crisis in the first place?
In the hurry to grow the population, what consideration is being given to the more vulnerable in society, or is that an afterthought to what developers desire in a high density quest that is taking place in cities, not only in Canada but elsewhere as well?
In the rush for the economic boom provided by high-density living, quality of life/infrastructure issues such as affordable housing, the strain on the health care system, crumbling roads, transit and other topics are, in many people’s minds, taking a back seat.
But an idea that involves golf is beginning to surface as a possible shortage to the affordable housing crisis, if not the infrastructure challenges that go along with more development.
In San Francisco, one suggestion is to use some of the city’s six municipal golf courses. What’s a few golf courses in exchange for some 160,000 units of affordable housing, is the final line in this article from SFGate.
That article points out golf’s declining numbers as if the game is dead already, apparently with no hope at all for a recovery, which has happened with other sports over the years.
One of the criticisms of golf over the past 15 years is its lack of affordability, so the idea here is to take munis, usually the most affordable places to play, out of commission.
There are those who would hail such a plan pointing to the old stereotype of golf being a stuffy, rich man’s game in their eyes, but a muni? I wonder what the people who play it would have to say about being considered wealthy elites.
A politician in Britain is saying the same thing, according to this story in the Telegraph, but he didn’t specify public courses and as time goes on, one wonders if this is becoming an emerging trend as populations in North America and other areas grow.
G30 Strong Out Of The Gate
In its second month on the market, the PING G30 driver has reached No. 1 in September sales for units and dollars in on-course and off-course retail outlets in the United States and United Kingdom, according to Golf Datatech.
“The response to the G30 driver has been phenomenal,” said PING chairman and CEO John A. Solheim.
“Our engineering team has created a club that is impacting the driver business unlike anything we’ve seen,” he added.
Angel Cabrera won the Greenbrier Classic with a G30 and Bubba Waton also put one in his bag and hit the longest drive of the season at 424 yards. At the end of the year, Billy Horschel won the FedEx Cup with a G30.
“All golfers are benefitting from the technology of the G30 driver,” said Solheim. The tour results speak for themselves, but we’re hearing every day from golfers of all skill levels who are commenting on how the driver has changed their games.”